Why are bowlers not preferred as captains?

Hamburg goes cricket!

Bowler, batsman, wicket, runs - immersing yourself in the extensive set of rules of cricket with your own terminology opens up a completely new world.

In short, the bowler and the batsman are not only the focus of attention, but also the field, more precisely on the pitch. The batsman defends the so-called wicket, a wooden construction made of three bars and two cross bars, and tries to score points for his team through runs (run to the other end of the pitch) with the best possible hit. The other ten field players of the throwing team have been assigned different tasks beforehand by the captain, and the remaining team members of the batting team are waiting to be deployed. The highly complex set-up and position variants, which have to be strategically thought out and adapted to the current game situation at any time, are decided by the captain, who can consult individual players. Got it so far? In any case, it is more important than understanding the rules in their entirety to enable cricket enthusiasts to practice the sport here in Germany.

What is the current status in Hamburg? Where and how is cricket already being implemented? What obstacles may arise and what contribution do we, the Hamburger Sportbund, make to enable cricket players and / or those interested in their sport? What benefits does the import sport bring to society as a whole?

Five Hamburg clubs currently offer cricket, two of which are base clubs in the federal program for integration through sport: Hamburger SV and SV Nettelnburg / Allermöhe. In addition, the clubs SC Europa, THCC Rot-Gelb Hamburg and First Contact are also involved in the cricket sector. The demands placed on the sports facilities by cricket are a major challenge for the clubs: an oval playing field with a diameter of up to 150 meters and a central strip with a solid surface of around 3 meters x 20 meters are required. Soccer fields or old, disused tennis courts are used as a makeshift. But Hamburg is a pioneer! On June 20, 2020, the THCC Rot-Gelb in Altona-Osdorf opened Germany's first arcade according to international standards. Another facility is located in Mümmelmannsberg and is operated by SC Europa. These are urgently needed, because there are even two Bundesliga teams in Hamburg. But popular sport also needs space, because not only immigrants and expats from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, England, Australia and New Zealand, but also many other Hamburg residents are curious about the contact-free sport.

The demand for cricket and the structural need are great. For this reason, a nationwide cricket network was created from a core team of various state sports associations to enable the exchange between representatives of the federal program Integration through Sport, the German Cricket Association, the state cricket associations and regional cricket organizations.

Our employee in the “Integration through Sport” program, Erik Dawid, also regularly takes part in the meetings as one of the initiators of the network. "We exchange ideas about how we can integrate the sport of cricket into the structures of organized sport and what challenges have to be overcome," said Dawid. Because there are challenges: A lack of suitable sports facilities makes regular training and match operations more difficult, as does the lack of a license system for training coaches and referees with simultaneous non-recognition of existing foreign licenses. "Here resources are lost and without a suitable pool of trainers there can be no professionalization of the sport of cricket."

Another difficulty is that some cricketers * sometimes see no need for structural organization. Memberships and association fees are not known to many from their countries of origin and therefore there is often a lack of willingness to register in the association, including regular membership fees. The sport itself can be a bridge here and promote development. Sports facility construction, equipment and league operations require a wide range of commitment, in which the sports enthusiasts themselves are involved. In this way, their sporting and cultural identity is taken seriously and they can bring part of their own culture with them from their homeland. Accordingly, they can integrate themselves equally into the club structures and enrich them with another sport. Win-win for both sides!

As the second most popular sport in the world, after soccer, cricket is of great importance to many people. How big is shown by the following statement by Dawid: “When I told the managing director of the German Cricket Federation about my vision of wanting to see cricket at the Olympics, his eyes shone with joy. But there is still a long way to go. ”The first steps have already been taken and the next are planned: The cricket network will meet again in May. We report!