European Championships to return under ECN T10 banner

The European Championships, last played under the ICC Europe banner in 2010 before evolving into the European leg of the ICC’s T20 pathway, are set to return later this year, though they are now a tournament run by the European Cricket Network and will be played under the T10 format.

The 15 team event will take place from 13 September to 8 October in Spain. The teams will be divided into three groups of five with the group winners and best two runners-up progressing to “finals week”.

Whilst there will be no Irish involvement, England will be represented by the National County Cricketers Association amateur representative team and Scotland will be represented by Scotland A.

The other 13 teams – Italy, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic, Portugal and Finland – will be represented by their senior national teams.

Daniel Weston, ECN founder and former Germany international, said about the event, “We increase participation with the European Cricket Series and high performance with the Champions League framework of the European Cricket League.

“ECC rounds off our platform to grow the game, highlighting the national pride of cricketers in Europe and giving them a stage to represent their countries in the T10 format. The European Cricket Championship will showcase the talents and passion of cricketers in Europe while they are representing their countries.”

Whilst run by the European Cricket Network, the event has been sanctioned by the International Cricket Council and will be the first T10 international event they have sanctioned.

More details, including the tournament groupings, will be announced at a later date.