Five leading Italian sides, Royal Padova, Lonigo, Padova, Trentino Aquila and Venezia feature over six days in 24 scintillating T10 matches from wonderful Venice. Every game will be live streamed worldwide on the European Cricket Network and on FanCode - a multi-sport aggregator platform, from the house of Dream Sports for the Indian Sub-Continent.
The origins of Venezia Cricket Club can be traced all the way back to 2006 when Alberto Miggiani, later to become the esteemed club President, kept on finding stray cricket balls in his back garden.
What are these strange objects he asked? The inquisitive Signor Miggiani ended up forming a team.
Founded in 2006, Venezia CC is the main cricket club in the region of Veneto, whose capital is Venice. With players predominately of Bangladeshi origin, Venezia could always boast great youth teams, winning no less than nine youth titles between 2009 and 2013. After a lull, Venezia qualified for the quarter finals of both the Italian T20 Championship and Coppa Italia in 2020, results which offer new enthusiasm for the long-term future.
Venezia also impressed on ECS debut in November, with five wins in six games, topping the group ahead of eventual winners Bergamo United, before a semi-final exit. With home advantage, Venezia will be the team to beat in this series.
Captain: Nazmul Haque
Wicketkeeper: Sojun Islam
Projected Top Four: Hosan Ahmed, Nazmul Haque, Shagar Choquder, Sharif Ahmmed
Projected Opening Bowlers: Shagar Choquder, Mahmudul Islam
Spin Options: Mehedi Nitol, Hosan Ahmed, Nazmul Haque
VENEZIA Key Players:
Nazmul Haque, captain, powerful hitter down the ground, loves playing the pull shot, leading run scorer with 370 runs to his name including a century and three fifties, has hammered 39 HUGE maximos.
Shagar Choquder, leading all-rounder, mustered 116 runs at a SR of 227, also picking up five wickets in November 2020.
Hosan Ahmed, second highest run scorer in the group stages, overshadowed somewhat by Nazmul Haque brilliance, but has caught the eye racking up 221 runs with a best score of 61 not out, defended seven runs with the ball in the death over win vs. Lonigo.
Miah Alamin, leading wicket taker with 15 wickets to his name, returned a magical spell of 6-19 against TRA, only the second bowler to have picked a 6-fer in ECS, can score quick runs too.
Mehedi Nitol, off spinner, has good variations, deceives the batsmen with his quicker ones and flighted deliveries, scalped 11 wickets including best figures of 4-8, is a gun fielder too.