FanCode ECS Sweden Stockholm provides an opportunity for ten teams to showcase their skills, contesting 48 games over 12 days. 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.
Thanks @danielweston83 for you and your teams incredible passion and energy in helping take @EuropeanCricket@icc_europe to the next level. @swedish_cricket has been working hard to get everything ready and is looking forward to hosting you in Stockholm and Malmö #growthegamehttps://t.co/5Q1MvsqdUi— Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) July 18, 2021
Forenom Royals (FOR)
Pakistanska Forening (PF)
Alby Zalmi CF (ALZ)
Djurgardens IF (DIF)
FanCode ECS Sweden Stockholm kick starts on Monday with four new teams making their debut along with six teams that previously featured at Dream11 European Cricket Series Stockholm and Dream11 European Cricket Series Botkyrka, Stockholm last summer.
Pakistanska Forening went unbeaten at Dream11 European Cricket Series Stockholm 2020 to lift the first ever ECS tournament in Sweden. PF are accompanied by Dream11 European Cricket Series Botkyrka, Stockholm 2020 champions, Nacka who also went undefeated themselves in the second high-octane tournament on Swedish soil. While Nacka appear stronger than ever, PF have lost a few key players and might struggle to back up last year’s success.
Alby Zalmi CF lost out to eventual winners Pakistanska Forening in the semi-final. ALZ ended up winning the Bronze Final to finish third overall. However, Alby Zalmi CF are in good form this year with four wins in as many games in the ongoing T20 Swedish League and are strong contenders to lift the FanCode ECS Sweden Stockholm trophy.
Stockholm Cricket Club, founded in 1948, is the oldest cricket club in Sweden. STO were one of the weakest teams last season finishing sixth with just a solitary win. STO surprised many in the Swedish cricket fraternity by qualifying for the FanCode ECS Sweden Stockholm. STO have lured a few talented players and are certainly one of the teams to watch out for in Group A this season.
Marsta were impressive in the previous edition finishing second in Group B. MAR eventually finished fourth after falling to eventual winners Nacka in the semi-final and then to Saltsjobaden CC in the bronze medal honours. Marsta will be hoping to at least secure a podium finish this time around.
Djurgardens IF enjoyed an outstanding last season with a 4-1 win/loss record. DIF fell short at the final hurdle against Nacka, but will aim to go one step further to add to their two National T20 titles.
Making their debut, Huddinge are the only team without previous ECS experience in Group B. However, Huddinge are a strong team having roped in a few players from previous winners Nacka, and will be keen to stamp their authority on the competition.
Newcomers Forenom, Botkyrka and Umea, all possess an array of talented players in their ranks and it will be interesting to see if they can perform on the grand stage of European Cricket.