SPAIN: European Cricket League (ECL) has been making waves in the cricket world, providing a platform for emerging talent and attracting fans from around the world.
Vinny Sandhu shares European Cricket League’s history
TCT team had the pleasure of interviewing Vinny Sandhu, a commentator for ECL, who shared some fascinating insights into the league’s history and growth.
Sandhu explained that European Cricket League was the brainchild of Daniel Weston, a former cricketer from Australia who settled in Germany and saw the potential for cricket to grow in Europe. He started by streaming matches online and quickly realised that there was a thirst for cricket in the region.
The matches were initially just a bunch of highlight videos recorded using GoPro cameras, but as interest grew, Weston and his colleague, Roger Feiner, who was also a former director of broadcasting at FIFA, decided to launch the European Cricket League.
Initially, they struggled a lot, including with the format of the games, the short grounds, and also the pandemic.
Sandhu said that even during a pandemic, he was working and producing content like preview videos, planning and logistics, etc., and eventually, with the amount of hard work, the team overcame all the obstacles to establish a known cricket league in Europe.
The first ECL in 2019 featured only eight countries; however, the league gained popularity, and in 2020, they organized over 800 matches. This year, the network plans to organize over 1,000 matches.
The league’s unique format of short matches and a heavy schedule has led to some surprising and exciting moments on the field, which are not regularly seen in international cricket.
“I have commented on over 2300 cricket matches, which makes me one of the most experienced cricket commentators in the world,” Sandhu said.
One of the most impressive things about ECL is that they stream all matches live on YouTube for free, making the league accessible to a global audience. Sandhu emphasized that while the ECL may not be the IPL, it is a unique platform that is attracting a steady and growing audience of cricket lovers.
“ECL is not the Indian Premier League (IPL), but it offers something unique,” said Sandhu.
The league is broadly divided into three forms: the European Cricket Championship (ECC), the European Cricket League (ECL), and the European Cricket Championship.
In conclusion, the European Cricket League is an exciting and dynamic platform for emerging talent, and it’s clear that the league’s popularity is only going to grow.
As Sandhu said, “Just check it out, whether you love cricket or not.” ECL is definitely worth watching for anyone interested in the sport, and it’s inspiring for many younger generations.
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