CRICKET IN SWITZERLAND
As the water colour of "Vue de la Ville de Genève et de Plein-Palais (Florence 1769-1845)" by Giovanni Salucci illustrates, cricket has been played in Geneva since at least 1817. However, while there were a few cricket clubs of a disparate nature across Switzerland the inaugural meeting of the first national cricket association was not held until 9 March 1980, at the Australian Embassy in Berne.
The domestic senior competition has been reorganised several times since, and with the wonderful and continued support from Mr Pickwick Pubs a national T20 league has been added. Switzerland is also the birth place of the very prestigious Cricket On Ice, a unique tournament played every winter on the frozen lake in St. Moritz (1,700 metres above sea-level) in the Swiss alps. A Swiss national side played in the inaugural Cricketer International Tournament in Guernsey in 1990, narrowly missing the semi-final by 0.1 runs/over. Tours have been made over the years to various countries by individual clubs or by the Association, and there have been welcome visits by touring teams to Switzerland. Most recently, the Switzerland National Team placed third in the 2019 Central European Cup T20 Tournament, held in the Czech Republic between Hungary, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Latvia. In 1985 the Swiss Cricket Association was granted Affiliate status of the ICC. However, at the end of 2009 a second association was formed. Despite concerted efforts throughout 2010 it was not possible to bring the two groups together which ultimately lead to the suspension from the ICC and the subsequent re-branding of the Swiss Cricket Association to Cricket Switzerland in 2014. They were reinstated in 2021. Cricket Switzerland's efforts in organising & promoting cricket was recognised when it was accepted as a member of Swiss Olympic (the umbrella organisation for all sports in Switzerland) and in doing so cricket became a recognised Swiss sport.
First men’s international match: vs. Greece at Castel, Guernsey in May 1990 Major international victories: won Central European Development Tri-Nation 'ODI' League in 2018, between Switzerland, Czech Republic and Luxembourg (beat both sides in win) Leading men’s players: Aidan Andrews (Cossonay CC), Fahim Nazir (Zurich Nomads CC), Brothers Osama and Asad Mahmood (Power Winterthur CC) - Asad has the second highest ever Swiss T20 score of 176 off 45 balls, in 2018 when he was playing for St Gallen CC. He actually broke Osama's record of 146* off 60 balls against Zurich Lions in 2017, Ali Nayyer (Olten CC) League formats: Two 7-8 team geographic divisions; Western/Central and Eastern), in both the Cricket Switzerland Premier League (40 over competition) and the Mr Pickwick T20 League. WCL History / World Cups: N/A
Currently there is only one club in Switzerland with a women’s programme – the Zurich Sapphires Cricket Club.
Bout du Monde, Geneva (permanent artificial wicket) Buchholz, Uster (temporary wicket) En Marche, Cossonay (permanent artificial wicket) En Prevessin, CERN (France) (permanent artificial wicket) Gründenmoos, St. Gallen (temporary wicket) Lyceum-Alpinum, Zuoz (permanent temporary wicket) Obergosgen, Olten (temporary wicket) Onex, Geneva (temporary wicket) Schönau, Berne (permanent artificial wicket) Sportpark Deutweg, Winterthur (permanent artificial wicket)