Unlike other Commonwealth countries, Cyprus did not take up the game during the years of colonial rule. It was brought to the island by the British military stationed in Cyprus aft er the Second World War and confi ned to the British Bases, of which there are four: RAF Akrotiri, Episkopi Garrison, Dhekelia Garrison and RAF Ayios Nicholas.
In the 1980s, the expat community started to flourish and a team formed by them, ‘Th e Mouffl ons’ came into being and played in the then thriving inter-unit cricket. Th e CCA became an International Cricket Council affi liate member in 1999. In early 2000s, the community had expanded and Asian workers arrived on the island, bringing with them their love for cricket. About the same time, a number of Cypriots started to return to the island, aft er the troubles of 1974. Th ey had been brought up in places like Australia and South Africa where they had learnt the game. Th us the Cyprus Cricket Association came into being.
It was not until August 2006 that we made our international debut, fi nishing as runners up in Division Four of the European Championship. In 2007, the Cyprus Cricket National team competed in the European Division 3 Championships where we fi nished in 7th place out of 8.
In 2009, Cyprus then hosted the ICC Division 4 Championships in Cyprus which turned out to be a great success for the Cyprus National cricket team winning the Division 4 championship. In 2011, Cyprus competed in the ICC Division 2 T20 Championships held in Belgium where we came 10th place in the tournament, beating Sweden in the play-off game for 10th/11th place and sparked a re-think on the value of the national team given ICC regulations.
Many challenges lie ahead for the future of Cyprus Cricket including the issue of a permanent Cricket ground and an administrative infrastructure which is realistic and sustainable within the ICC world. With the wonderful weather who knows Cyprus Cricket could become the warm-weather training base of choice in time and the delightful thought of some of the best European cricketers gracing the turf of Cyprus cricket.
Richard Cox (Honarary Vice President, CCA)
Cyprus Cricket Timeline:
1940s - British Military introduced Cricket in Cyprus
1950s - Cricket limited to British Bases.
1980s - First Cyprus Cricket Club “Moufflons” came in to existence
1980s - Cyprus Expats community joined British Military Cricket League
2003 - Cyprus Cricket Association established
2003 - Development initiatives launched
2003 - First League match took place
2006 - Cyprus @ EU Div 4 championships
2007 - Cyprus @ EU Div 3 championships
2007 - Cyprus U-15 @ EU Div 2 championships
2007 - League extended to 10 teams
2008 - Nicosia Cricket Association Established
2008 - Cricket @ UN Base
2009 - European Cricket comes to Cyprus (Cyprus host EU Div 4 championships)
2009 - Cyprus wins the EU Div 4 championships
2010 - Cyprus Cricket registers with the Company House and becomes an incorporated body
2011 - Cyprus U-16 visits Greece to participate in Ionian Festival
2011 - Cyprus @ EU T20 Div 2 championships in Belgium
2012 - Cyprus @ EU T20 Div 2 championships in Corfu