Postal Address: 44 Bd Napoleon 1er, L-2210, Luxembourg
Main switchboard: + 352 4301 32245
General enquiry email: mark.smith@ec.europa.eu
Website: www.cricket.lu

History

Cricket in Luxembourg started in 1976 with the formation of Optimists Cricket Club. It has played in the Belgian League since 1991. The Luxembourg Cricket Federation (LCF) was formed in 1994 with three clubs and became an Affiliate Member of the ICC in 1998. It is affiliated to COSL, the national sports and Olympic committee, and has regular contacts with the Ministerial Department of Sport within the Luxembourg government.

Membership is essentially drawn from the expatriate community with large contingents from Britain and India, but many other countries are represented.

International competition

Following the easing of eligibility criteria in 2003, a Luxembourg team has participated regularly at the appropriate level in the ICC's European tournaments, most recently the 2012 ICC European Division 2 Championships in Corfu.

Domestic competition

An LCF league has been running since 1999. This consisted of 10 teams in 2012 is based on various formats, T20, fixed 35-over or timed declaration format depending on the particular team's level. An indoor cricket league has been running since 2004 during the winter period and a six-a-side competition weekend is a regular feature of the more social side of competitive cricket

Development programme

Under the supervision of our Development Officer, there is a programme for the national, squad and more generally training and coaching for senior players is carried out on a regular basis. Most clubs also have their own regular training night. Four of the present juniors (under 18) played for the National team in Corfu as well as one graduate of the junior programme.

Training for juniors (aged 5 to 18) is also undertaken throughout the entire year with numbers now averaging nearly 60 in the winter programmeand for a number of years a Summer Academy has been run over a dedicated week in July, involving some 50 young players. We have our own pool of level 2 coaches to run the programme and the Academy is managed by a level 3 coach from the UK.

Inspring 2012 we hosted an outdoor Under 11 tournament for the first time, with teams from Belgium and Switzerland participating. And in the summer the Under 18 team participated in a semi-official international tournament in Karlsruhe for the first time, winning two of its three games.

An Under 13 team plays in the age-restricted Belgian League competition, and a Luxembourg representative team participates regularly in an international tournament in Copenhagen.

A local indoor league for Under13's takes place each winter, followed by a similar league outside in the summer, and a team of older juniors plays in the adult outdoor league. Junior age-group teams participate regularly in inter-club indoor tournaments in both Germany and Switzerland.As well as the above, the Development Officer is charged with targeting schools and local authorities to introduce cricket to a wider audience and broadening our internationality.

Umpiring and scoring is organised through the Belgo-Lux Association of Cricket Umpires and the contribution from Luxembourg in 2011 was one advanced- and 6 intermediate-level umpires, who officiate at matches in both the Belgian and Luxembourg leagues.

Women's cricket

Womens cricket has always been fully integrated into the national structure, indeed the Optimists Maidens CC was one of the founder clubs of the LCF. Though essentially playing friendly matches with other clubs and ad-hoc teams, they also play as Maidens and Knights in the LCF league.