• Sweden edition
 
Cricket in Sweden: Q&A with Shahzeb Choudhry

Cricket in Sweden: Q&A with Shahzeb Choudhry

Published: 27 Jul 2012 15:59 GMT+02:00
Updated: 27 Jul 2012 18:58 GMT+02:00

The Local: When did people start playing cricket in Sweden?

Choudhry Shahzeb: The Swedish Cricket Federation (SCF) was founded in the 1990s. Initially there were four or five clubs but today there are twenty-six clubs with around 1,500 members spread across the country in diverse places like Umeå, Stockholm, Linköping, Jönköping, Lund, Eskilstuna, Landksrona, Gothenburg and Malmö.

TL: Who plays cricket in Sweden?

CS: 80 percent are expats from cricket-playing countries like South Africa, New Zealand, England, India, Pakistan and Australia, but also Swedish people are starting to play.

RELATED GALLERY:CRICKET IN SWEDEN

TL: Who can play?

CS: Anybody can play. We have people as young as seven and as old as 45. In fact we’re always looking for people to join since we really want to become a member of the Swedish Sports Confederation (Riksidrottsförbundet) as it would help us to get funding that we really need to continue to promote cricket in Sweden.

TL: How many teams and divisions are there in Sweden?

CS: There are two divisions. The first division has thirteen teams and everyone plays against each other. In the second division there are currently six teams who also play one home and one away game. There are of course also extra games in the cups we have throughout the year.

TL: How many games do you play each month?

CS: Overall we play four games per month. But sometimes we play against two teams on one week-end because of the distance between the clubs. For example my team played Gothenburg and Lund on the same weekend.

TL: Is cricket played differently in Sweden?

CS: Internationally, there are three types of cricket matches. First, there is the five day test match, only played by professional teams in ten competing countries. Then there’s the one day format and the Twenty20 cricket, which only takes three hours. The latter two are the formats we play in Sweden.

TL: Sweden isn't known for its clement climate - what happens then, where do you play, when it’s cold?

CS: The most important thing for a cricket game is good weather. You don’t want to play with dark clouds over you. So, in the winter we play indoors. It’s basically a new thing. But more and more people are trying it out.

TL: Doesn't playing cricket indoors change the game?

CS: It’s quite different, yes. You play with six players instead of eleven and because the ball is hard, you have to play in a hall without any glass. Also the game becomes very fast, which means you have to catch the ball swiftly and run quick. But the basic principles are the same.

TL: So...are you any good?

CS: Our team, the Stockholm Academics Cricket Society, SACS, wasn’t that good a few years ago. We didn’t have many players and not even a full team at times, but now we’re the biggest club in Sweden.

TL: What’s your best cricketing memory?

CS: That would be winning the Twenty20 championship last year. We played against Malmöhus CC and we went close to the wire, only winning by two runs. That’s as close as it gets in a cricket game.

TL: So, what's the latest in the world of Swedish cricket?

CS: Well, Nacka CC and Sigtuna CC will compete in the national league final on 10am on Saturday July 28th at Sigtuna Cricket Club's ground. We’ve sent lots of invites to people and are expecting at least 80-90 people. It’s not a huge turnout but for us it is significant. We’ve also arranged canapés with food and drinks and music.

Also, Sweden’s national team will be playing in the ICC Europe Division 2 tournament in Greece from September 2nd to September 10th.

Salomon Rogberg

Editor's note: Nacka CC won the title, beating Sigtuna by 23 runs in the July 28th final.

Related links:

Your comments about this article

17:27 July 27, 2012 by Great Scott
A real game coming to Sweden great, I hope the bars will be open on a Sunday afternoons.
17:53 July 27, 2012 by Ranjit T Edward
@Great Scott: . If only we could get Systembolaget to be the sponsors!

Way back in 2006 I did try introducing it to friends in Ulricehamn. Unfortunately, the day I chose was just not appropriate. Midsummer! We did manage to get some cricket before Vodka took over!
17:54 July 27, 2012 by taimy
Interesting article and good to see people in Sweden showing interest for Cricket, surely, a gentlemen game :-)

However, it is little bit disappointing to see that the name of Pakistan is missing in Q1: TL: Who plays cricket in Sweden?

If you look at the Swedish Cricket Federation webpage, you will find 80% of this 80% is from Pakistan. Only 2 clubs Stockholm tigers (Bangladesh) and BCA (British, Jamaican, etc.) who is solely non-Pakistani.
18:02 July 27, 2012 by Iri
I know most of the clubs around Stockholm are run and owned by the Pakistanis and Afghanis.. Pakistan has much contribution in the world of cricket.. TL its sad ....
18:08 July 27, 2012 by khattana
I agree with "tai my" . If you ask someone here in southern sweden about cricket.

You will get the answer as the game of Pakistanis but in this article he hasn't mentioned Pakistan. Anyway it's quite good to hear about cricket through "The local".
18:21 July 27, 2012 by Ugly Indian
Agreed with above comments after checking Swedish cricket Webpage i found out that the Chairman of Swedish Cricket is also from Pakistan born Swedish TL so sad

However good to know Cricket in Sweden is spreading rapidly.
18:24 July 27, 2012 by faizans80
Answer to question1.

If you visit website of Swedish Cricket federation, you will see only Pakistani and Indian names among board members.

If You visit member clubs, other than BCA (in DIV II), you dont see any club owned and run by a non-asian group.

In short, People with origin from Pakistan makes over 80% of cricketers in Sweden. The rest of 20% are also either Indians or Bangalis and only few from other nations.

This guy Shahzeb was either not well informed or he presented wrong facts. In both cases, it is not so good. If so, such people don't deserve to be interviewed.

If it is mistake my the editor, please be careful in such matters. A nation contributing to the society with some healthy activity must be appreciated and acknowledged.

I am offended, as being Pakistani and as being one of the player.
18:54 July 27, 2012 by sacs
it says ''cricket-playing countries like''... maybe he should've mentioned the other 200 countries that play Cricket as well. People are forgetting that the interview was about SWEDISH CRICKET...
19:25 July 27, 2012 by Ugly Indian
Good that TL has added Pakistan name in question 1 otherwise the interviewer could have been in trouble in 80% Pakistani Cricket Community :D :D :D
19:42 July 27, 2012 by masbab
@SACS: Question was not which are "Crciket Playing countries". The question was who plays cricket in Sweden.

@Ugly Indian: hahahah .....you know when the conversation started there was no Pakistan in any question.

Clever TheLoacl.
20:07 July 27, 2012 by Paul_225
This is superb, it would integrate people much better, imagine Sweden becoming a competent cricket team!
23:49 July 27, 2012 by faizans80
@SACS, It was not about Swedish cricket, it was about "who plays cricket in Sweden". lame comment to justify wrong facts mentioned. duhh !!!
04:02 July 28, 2012 by farooqaziz86
This thread is a snapshot of the reasons we Pakistanis have achieved nothing of note in the world. We are arrogant and heady but have nothing to show for ourselves, which makes us stupid and pityful in front of the whole world. I understand i am making a few generalizations but for all us one-eyed people to point out in an article was the missing name of Pakistan - which i believe could have been missed due to an honest mistake - represents us as self-obsessed idiots. Get a life, for god sake. The whole world hates us. And i am so angry because i am normal, but i have to bear the brunt because other people generalise based on the ample evidence that you trolls provide. GET A LIFE GET A LIFE.. I AM WAITING TO BE BRANDED A TURNCOAT, ATHEIST, LIBERAL AND MUCH MORE..

regards,

farooq
10:06 July 28, 2012 by Peaceful Muslim
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
14:05 July 28, 2012 by Sven the banana
#Peaceful muslim

What is wrong about being an atheist and liberal? You just offended atheism!!!!

Why don't you muslims just convert to buddhism or another less extreme religion if you have to be so f**king religous all the time!
00:54 July 29, 2012 by muscle
@Peaceful Muslim

I myself am a Pakistani. But I must say, the attitude you have shown here does not match with your username. I really hate to say this, such intolerance gives other people a chance to say bad about the religion.

Let people express their views and discuss, not insult, even if others are doing something to you. If you are a Muslim, you need to respect others views and show tolerance.
11:47 August 1, 2012 by HRB
I have been reading The Local from some years, first time there is a news about Cricket and this is the first time I am commenting on some news here :)

I live in Luleå and we have two Cricket Clubs in Luleå. Unfortunately we have no proper cricket ground here but still we are keeping this sport alive in Luleå. We play throughout the year, both indoor and outdoor.

The last thing to add is that in both clubs, Pakistani players are in majority. But we have some players from Bangladesh, Australia and India as well.
16:02 August 1, 2012 by Peaceful Muslim
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
08:24 August 2, 2012 by Sven the banana
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
Today's headlines
Society
Swede's necklace found after 52 years in lake
Ing-Marie Olofsson whose necklace was found. Photo: Private

Swede's necklace found after 52 years in lake

A 66-year-old Swedish woman got the surprise of her life when a fisherman returned the necklace she dropped in a lake at the age of 14. READ  

International
Apology for Swedish model's stolen photos
Malin Sahlén during a Top Model shoot. Photo: TV3/Nina Holma

Apology for Swedish model's stolen photos

A British newspaper has apologised after a freelance journalist stole a Sweden's Next Top Model contestant's photo and created a fake Twitter account used to trick a UK minister. READ  

Sport
Heel injury sidelines Zlatan in Barcelona clash
Photo: AP

Heel injury sidelines Zlatan in Barcelona clash

Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss Tuesday's Champions League clash with Barcelona at the Parc des Princes due to a nagging heel problem, the French club have confirmed. READ  

National
Stockholm patient tests negative after Ebola fears
The Infection Clinic at the Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge. Photo: TT

Stockholm patient tests negative after Ebola fears

A patient in a Stockholm hospital who was suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus was given the all clear on Tuesday morning. READ  

Elections 2014
New coalition agrees on defence and migration
A Jas Gripen. Photo: TT

New coalition agrees on defence and migration

UPDATED: The Green Party has committed itself to expanding Sweden's defence force, while the Social Democrats have compromised on work permits for migrants. READ  

National
Fresh Ebola case investigated in Sweden
The patient is being treated at the Karolinska University Hospital. Photo: TT

Fresh Ebola case investigated in Sweden

Doctors in Stockholm are checking a patient suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus. READ  

Elections 2014
Sweden Democrat wins Deputy Speaker spot
Björn Söder. Photo: TT

Sweden Democrat wins Deputy Speaker spot

Despite most Members of Parliament abstaining from voting, Sweden Democrat party secretary Björn Söder has been announced as one of Sweden's new Deputy Speakers. READ  

Music
The five best Swedish songs of the month
Swedish singer Tove Lo. Photo: TT

The five best Swedish songs of the month

The Local's resident music guru Paul Connolly is back with another selection of his favourite Swedish tracks. READ  

International
Swedish model in hiding after UK politician sting
Malin Sahlén during a Top Model shoot. Photo: TV3/Nina Holma

Swedish model in hiding after UK politician sting

A Swedish model whose photo was used in a British tabloid newspaper sting without her permission has described the incident as "something terrible". READ  

Society
Swedish artist has 'racist' show cancelled
Park's work Hang-on Afrobians. The Local has altered the image to hide the men's identities

Swedish artist has 'racist' show cancelled

Plans for works by controversial Swedish artist Dan Park to be shown in a secret location in Copenhagen have been shelved by the radio station that was behind the project. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Lifestyle
The five best Swedish songs of the month
Gallery
People-watching: September 28th
National
When Italian style meets Swedish simplicity
Lifestyle
Review: Sweden's first alcohol-free nightclub
Gallery
In Pictures: The MS Estonia disaster
Blog updates

28 September

Spoiled Doyle (Blogweiser) »

"What you gotta watch out for in Sweden is the good stuff. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re_EzUe6xpI In Sweden, it’s the good things you have to watch out for. Video on @TheLocalSweden http://t.co/rAb8eGFdTD pic.twitter.com/w37YYwMXy1 — Joel Sherwood (@joeldsherwood) September 29, 2014 " READ »

 

26 September

 (The Local Sweden) »

"Hi readers, Autumn swept into Sweden at the start of this week with snow in the north of the country and flooding in the south. As well as a change in the weather, Sweden’s change in political direction became clearer, with Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven formally announcing his party would work with the Greens as..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Swedish scientists sneak Bob Dylan lyrics into articles
Lifestyle
Ten things expat women notice in Sweden
Politics
What's next on Sweden's political stage?
Gallery
Sweden's 2014 election: Most memorable moments
Society
What's on in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: September 24th
Seaman Oliver Gee with his first lobster
Lifestyle
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Gallery
In Pictures: Fredrik Reinfeldt through the years.
Society
Plucked out of Canada for love and guitars
Gallery
Property of the week - Torslanda
Politics
How Sweden Democrats went mainstream
Politics
Scandinavia and Scotland: closer links?
Sponsored Article
How to start a business in Stockholm
Society
Why is Stockholm's Södermalm so cool?
Politics
Sweden elections: Who's who?
Sponsored Article
Introducing… Insurance in Stockholm
Gallery
Princess Estelle through the years
Business & Money
Five golden rules for the Swedish job hunt
Society
A closer look at Sweden's five official minority languages
Politics
Sweden elections: How do they work?
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

866
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN