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In the early stages of the 20th Century, English diplomats introduced the game of Cricket into Bulgaria. Later on, after World War Two, the game was played in the American college in the centre of Southwest Bulgaria - Blagoevgrad. In the following decades of communist regime sports like cricket, baseball were considered a "capitalist entertainment" and a "bad influence" and therefore suspended.
The new history of Bulgarian cricket began in the 2002 with the official foundation of the Bulgarian Cricket Federation (BCF) with the efforts of a few enthusiastic sportsmen, captivated by the game. At the same meeting, members appointed Nikolay Kolev as the President of the federation. The Bulgarian Ministry of Sport recognised the BCF as one of its "new" sports and with the aim of developing the game throughout the country a development programme, which puts youth development as its main priority, were formed. The next year the first National Cricket Championship was held with the participation of four teams.
In June 2008 on its meeting, ICC granted Bulgaria with Affiliate status and new doors opened for the development of cricket in the country.
The Bulgarian team played its first international game in 2004 when it beat the Serbian team of 'Tzurvena Zvezda'.
The BCF has received support from ICC Europe since 2002 with the Bulgarian national team participating in the 2004 European Representatives Championship held in Slovenia. Bulgaria finished last in the competition played with Croatia, Finland, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Slovenia.
In 2007 and 2008, Bulgarian teams competed in a friendly tournament against New Victoria Cricket Club for the New Victoria CC Challenge Cup donated by Rewardaward.
In 2009, the national team participated in the ICC European Championship - Division 5 in Greece, where it finished in fourth place. Bulgaria also competes in a European Twenty20 tournament.
Based at Bulgaria's National Sports Agency in the capital city of Sofia, the BCF has eight member clubs, which compete in an annual league and other national and regional tournaments. The cricket season starts in May and ends in the beginning of the October followed by the winter indoor training from November-March.
There are also four mixed school teams competing in the regional and national tournaments, organised by the Federation.
With the foundation of the Bulgarian Cricket Federation and the acceptance in the international cricket family, prerequisites were created for the building of a stable system for the development of cricket and increasing its social functions among the young people in Bulgaria. BCF is fulfilling the main task through the application of contemporary effective ways for training, practice and competitions for boys and girls in schools.The Programme 'Cricket friends' is designed for a successful realisation of the main goal - promotion of cricket and the organisation of the youth league. The Ministry of Youths and Sports, the Ministry of Science and Education, Sofia Municipality Council, National Sports Academy, the Embassy of South Africa in Bulgaria, all support this programme.
Bulgaria has a national team and a development programme for women's cricket.