Celebrating Russia officially recognising the wonderful game of cricket as a sport, the European Cricket League showcases cricket in Russia and their ECL19 champion team St. Petersburg Lions.
If you remember, last summer, the Ministry of Sport in Russia refused to recognise cricket as a sport. Rather ironically, the decision was announced the day after England's victory at the ICC Cricket World Cup.
But officials have since changed their position, meaning cricket will be eligible for support from the Russian Sports Ministry.
“It was bigger news for the media when cricket was not recognised as a sport in Russia, but now all our hard work has finally been rewarded,” said Ashwani Chopra, President of Cricket Russia and founder of the Russian Cricket Federation.
Cricket Russia are one of the founding federations of the European Cricket League and Russia’s champion team, St. Petersburg Lions, grabbed worldwide attention by taking part in the first-ever European Cricket League at La Manga Club in Spain last summer.
Moscow Foxes were set to follow in St. Petersburg’s Lions footsteps as Russia’s next representatives at the European Cricket League. In our stars of ECL Series, we look at Indian all-rounder Lalit, who caught the eye with a series of spectacular performances with bat and ball at ECL19. Lalit was a star addition to the Moscow Foxes squad, before the ECL20 postponement due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.