Germany has a coloured kit now, and hell, when I saw it last night I had to wipe a tear! How stunningly beautiful!! The ICC decided that in this year's European Division 2 Championship the teams should wear coloured kits, and this is what Germany came up with:
If Germany win this tournament they will get promoted to European Division 1, and you guys will already have guessed what that means... da big boyz! Woooooot! Well okay we pretty much sucked the last time, but the years before were quite successful and it earned us a place in World Division 5 alongside Afghanistan, Nepal, USA etc in 2008. According to the pretty up-to-date Wiki page Germany is ranked 37th in the world, although the official one day table (pdf) says something different, and 11th in Europe, not the king of kings, but quite ok. The ICC has really done a lot in the past years to build up some decent structures in the third cricket world, they created a useful league system and intertwining with the World Divisions.
Before the tournament starts the German team will play a warm-up in Birmingham, the home of Black Sabbath (sorry that's just the first thing that comes to my mind about that city :)), against the Coventry U19 team.
ICC European Division 2 Championship 2010, Guernsey, 13‐19 July
Participating teams: France, Germany, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Israel, Norway. Most of these countries are ahead of us in the one day rankings, so this will be a tough tournament for our team.
The German squad:
James Michael Eggleston Captain, allrounder, right-hand bat, right-arm medium
Mohammad Asif Khan Vice-Captain, born 29th March 1976, India, batsman, right-hand bat, off-break
M Milan Kumar Fernando born 8th December 1971, Sri Lanka, batsman, part-time bowler, left-hand bat, right-arm medium
Farooq Ahmed born 3rd January 1974, allrounder, left-hand bat, slow left-arm orthodox
Javed Rana Iqbal born 25th December 1974, Pakistan, bowler, right-hand bat
Satyanarayana (Satya) Srinivas born 21st June 1979, wicket-keeper batsman
|Shafraz Samsudeen: prototype of the happy German cricketer ;) (c) DCB|
Kashif Haider born 1st August 1978, bowler, right-hand bat, leg-break
Rishi Pillai, allrounder, right-hand bat, right-arm medium
Shakeel Hassan, right-hand bat, off-break
André Leslie batsman
Tarun Rawat born 24th April 1988, batsman
Khalid Butt allrounder, right-hand bat, right-arm medium,
Shafraz Tuan Puthra Samsudeen born 20th May 1990, Germany, allrounder
Keith Thompson Coach
(Disclaimer: can't guarantee the accuracy of these data, info was scraped together from Cricket Archive, Deutscher Cricket Bund, and guessed from a number of scorecards)
I hope there will be some more detailed info available soon, along with some pictures. Anyway I am pressing my thumbs for the boys, hopefully everything goes well, this is a pretty exciting journey and could turn out as a very important year for German cricket!