European Cricket League (“ECL”) is the Champions League of European cricket. Founded by Daniel Weston, Roger Feiner, Frank Leenders and Thomas Klooz and hailed as a cricketing equivalent of the UEFA Champions League, the second-staging - ECL21 - will be played in May and June in Spain.
European Cricket League is delighted to welcome Bjørvika Cricket Club from Norway, adding neatly to a booming Nordic fraction with Denmark, Finland and Sweden at ECL21.
Founded in 2005, Bjørvika from the Oslo suburbs will be buoyed by the presence of Norwegian cricket legend Ali Sufyan Saleem in their ranks. Former national skipper, Sufyan Saleem is Bjørvika’s all-time run scorer and wicket taker with over 6000 runs and almost 300 wickets. Usman Haider, a prolific run scorer, will provide invaluable support along with fellow national team player Ayaz Bhatti. Big hitting Usman Arif and skipper Khurram Shahzad also played pivotal roles in qualification.
“Cricket Norway are counting the days until the opening match of ECL21. We are excited to be part the ECL family and look forward to following Bjørvika’s fortunes in their debut appearance, said Gry Bruaas, General Secretary of the Norwegian Cricket Federation
Bjørvika will especially enjoy a Nordic battle against Sweden’s Lund in Group B, where Scottish champions Forfarshire and HBS Craeyenhout of the Netherlands have all the cricketing credentials to battle it out for top spot.
We welcome Norway’s Bjørvika Cricket Club to the 2021 European Cricket League.