Spotlight on ICC AFFILIATE Nation: Austria

24/03/14 Category: Blog Posted by:

Cricket is still a relatively new sport in Austria. With no early association with the British Empire it is probably not surprising that this is the case.

It wasn’t until 1975 when an English teacher in Vienna introduced the sport to his pupils that the sport gained some interest, especially after the teacher proceeded to create the Vienna Cricket Club. To this day cricket in Austria remains predominantly Viennese with the vast majority of cricket clubs situated in Vienna.

In 1992 Austria joined the ICC and since that time has competed in a number of European matches. Most recently they competed in the European Championship Division One Twenty20 competition with eleven other nations in July 2013. Italy won the tournament ahead of Denmark, Guernsey, Jersey and France with Austria finishing 6th.

Being an affiliate nation and not an associate nation Austria is not ranked globally in cricket but only regionally. Today, Austria is ranked #11 in the European competition of the ICC. The European group is the largest of the regions with 32 nations; Africa is the second most populous region with 20 nations included in the group.

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