Cricket was first played in Spain in 1809 by soldiers of General Lord Wellesley who later became the Duke of Wellington. In 1989, the first national executive committee of the Associacion Cricket Espanola (AEC) was formed and the first steps taken to unify all Spanish clubs. In 1992 the AEC became an Affiliate member of the ICC, before becoming an associate member fifteen years later.
Currently sitting in 42 in the ICC T20 Mens rankings, Spain will have the added advantage of playing in their own backyard at the picturesque Cartama Oval. Spain will be a powerful unit, boasting proven performers in this T10 format with numerous key players from European Cricket Series Barcelona tournaments over the last two seasons in their ranks.
Captain: Christian Munoz-Mills
Wicketkeeper: Awais Ahmed
Projected Top Order: Awais Ahmed, Hamza Saleem, Yasir Ali, Kuldeep Lal, Asjad Butt
Spin Options: Jack Perman, Yasir Ali
Hamza Saleem - Prodigiously talented all-rounder, making his international debut. Can make things happen with the ball and quality left-hander who can clear the fence with ease. Caught the eye immediately at ECC with a series of quality innings.
Yasir Ali - consistently one of the best batsmen in Spain over the last decade and can chip in with vital wickets with the ball.
Asjad Butt - prolific run scorer, regularly going big in Barcelona events. Can clear the fence with ease and also chip in with useful wickets with the ball if needed.
Kuldeep Lal - has caught the eye in ECS comps over the last two seasons and will be hoping to make a similar impression at ECC21.
Tune into the LIVE action from Spain from Monday to Friday from 0700 GMT * 0900 CEST * 1230 IST *