The Hungarian Cricket Association (HCA) has become the latest federation to sign a long-term agreement with the European Cricket Network to bring the Hungarian domestic champions to the European Cricket League (ECL) from 2022.

In an announcement on ecn.cricket, ECL founder Daniel Weston said: In dealing with Marton Kis and his team to progress on the agreement over past months, it’s clear that they care deeply for the development and growth of the game in Hungary. I am so excited about where they will take cricket in Hungary in the years to come, and to also see the impact of the ECL on their domestic cricket in the coming seasons.”

“I can see a clear chance that Hungary has the potential to shock the cricket world and change the landscape of summer sport in its own country forever.”

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President of the Hungarian Cricket Association, Marton Kis, said: “The HCA is thrilled to join the growing family of ECL cricket countries in Europe and to give our beautiful game its deserved visibility. We are happy to start our journey with Daniel and his team. During our negotiations we were impressed by their professionalism and enthusiasm for the game, which gives us strong confidence in the success of the venture.

“I would like to thank all my fellow HCA Board members, especially Abhishek Stan Ahuja and Paul Ainsworth, for their dedication and the time they invested in preparations. We as the HCA Board will do all in our power to use this cooperation to boost domestic participation and to map out a clear future path for the younger generation of cricketers, hopefully attracting more and more native Hungarians to the game.”

Hungary becomes the 23rd nation to join the European Cricket League, and follows closely after the announcement that the ECL would grow to 30 teams from 29 nations in 2022.

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