Cricket fever in St. Moritz 2018

Cricket fever in St. Moritz 2018

St. Moritz became the centre of the cricket world for two days. On 8 and 9 February 2018, stars from India, England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and other Commonwealth nations played two cricket games on the frozen Lake of St. Moritz.

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“Our vision is uniqueness,” says Vijay Singh, organizer of the Amul St. Moritz Ice Cricket event. “And that’s exactly what we made happen. The first ice-cricket tournament in the world.” A great success: Exciting duels and great sportsmanship in the icy Engadin cold. “The top players crossed borders and showed that it is possible to play cricket at the highest level. And on snow and at minus temperatures.”

On Thursday and Friday, both T20 cricket matches were broadcast in 25 countries. This included India, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Switzerland (Teleclub Zoom).

Team ‘Royal’, led by Pakistan Superstars Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi, competed against the ‘Badrutt’s Palace Diamonds’, in which perhaps the biggest star of the event was Indian idol Virender Sehwag. One game lasted a good three hours, the Royals won both competitions and thus took the overall victory.
The sports event on the frozen Lake St. Moritz caused a stir in the Commonwealth nations.

Team Royals win the series

Team Royals led by Shahid Afridi
won the series of the maiden edition of the

​Amul ​St. Moritz Ice Cricket 2018 at St. Moritz, SwitzerlandTeam Royal emerged victorious in the Ice Cricket 2018 after they defeated​ ​Badrutt’s palace Diamond by 8 wickets. Chasing a target of 206 runs, the Royals rode on emphatic batting display by Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith. The former South African players notched up individual half-centuries. While Smith was out​ ​at​ ​58, Kallis remained unbeaten at 91. Earlier, in the day, Badrutt’s Palace Diamond scored 205/2 in 20 overs. Andrew Symonds and Kaif scored very good half-centuries for their team​ ​while Sehwag smashed 46 in a series that most of time was played between -5 to -12 degrees Celsius making it the most unique location to play cricket.

There was a good crowd that came to watch the second game of the tournament. A lot of cricket fans came from different parts of Europe to watch the cricket legends brave the chill. The 2 day tournament not only witnessed the seriousness towards the game by legends such as .​Virender Sehwag,Andrew Symonds, Mahela Jaywardene, Tilakratne Dilshan, Michal Hussey, Ajit Agarkar, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Abdul Razzak , Nathan Mccullam but also showcased their lighter side where they were seen having a great time with those who were once their contemporaries and arch rivals. With names like Charu Sharma and Wasim Akram behind the commentary box, the 2 day ice cricket affair gathered a sizable response from the patrons.

In the words of Vijay Singh “Following our vision to be unique in our approach, we are delighted to organised world’s first ever ice cricket tournament and are thrilled to witness the success of this specially curated tournament. Embarking on a true spirit of sportsmen, we would like to congratulate the winning team for being a part of the historical finale.Today marks a day in the history of cricket where we have witnessed sportsmanship where sports have gone beyond boundaries and all the players were commendable.I would like to thank the whole team of VJ sports, Mr. Akhilesh Bahuguna, Director, Allspheres entertainment pvt ltd. for being so supportive and believing in me and this unique concept. I would also like to thank our sponsors,Amul​ ​India -Title sponsor,Oman Air,TeppichDoktor-Silver Sponsor and Official Carrier and​ ​Badrutt Palace-Team Sponsor, RaK ceramics​ ​Associate Sponsor and Spartan Sports -Kit Partner and team of experts who ensured that we have a smooth run of events at the inaugural edition of Amul St. Moritz Ice Cricket.

​The unique two-day event against the serene and breath-taking backdrop of the Swiss mountains which hosted two matches in two days. The lake freezes into an extremely thick layer of ice which then gets covered by the soft falling snow, enabling the lake to withstand more than 200 tons of weight, which makes it the perfect area to construct a pavilion village and grandstands to watch and support the festivities. The two teams, Badrutt’s Palace DIAMONDS and ROYALS already have star-studded cricketers like Shahid Afridi, Virender Sehwag, Mohammad Kaif, Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga, Shoaib Akhtar, Michael Hussey, Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum, Grant Elliot, Monty Panesar, Owais Shah, to name a few. The itinerary boast of a scenic tour of the Swiss local and a gala dinner where the fans got a chance to rub shoulders with their favorite cricket personalities.

Sport can break boundaries

Sport can break boundaries

This event brought together hostile nuclear powers

Photos from St. Moritz went to Indian and Pakistani media. Shown is Pakistan’s cricket god Shahid Afridi, who was pictured with Indian fans. What’s more, he even asked Indian viewers to put their flag in front of the photo.

What’s so special about that? Background: Pakistan and India are mutually hostile to one another. In the colonial era, both countries belonged to British India, before two nations emerged from India and Pakistan with independence from the British Empire in 1947. With the split came the hatred: the two nuclear powers have been at war with each other three times.

Since cricket is the number one national sport in both countries, the rivalry always overflows in cricket games. It’s a different story in St. Moritz, where the “Amul St. Moritz Ice Cricket” event took place last week and brought 20 million viewers to TV screens. Afridi wants to edge into the picture with the Indian flag and says overwhelmingly. Afridi’s touching gesture wins the hearts of India,” writes “The Hindu”. And “The Times of India” is certain: “Afridi gained a lot of sympathy on both sides of the border with this poignant scene.”
As part of this event in St. Moritz, Afridi himself says: “I believe that as cricketers we can serve as role models and show how people can relate to individual nations. I think that after Pakistan, the two countries where I received the most love and respect were India and Australia.”

Sport can break boundaries.

Ice Cricket welcomes 3 New Zealand Players

Ice Cricket welcomes 3 New Zealand Players

From St. Moritz there is no country in the world that is geographically further away than New Zealand. So we are particularly pleased that three Black Caps players will take the long journey and join St. Moritz Ice Cricket.

  • Grant Elliott, batter, led New Zealand to a World Cup Final in 2015 for the first time in history and despite a great performance, Australia emerged victorious.
  • Daniel Vettori, bowler, in 1996 was the youngest player to play for New Zealand in a Test match when he was 18 years old. He was captain of the Black Caps between 2007 and 2011. Vettori is considered one of the best cricketers New Zealand has ever produced.
  • Nathan McCullum is both a right hand lower-order batsman and right arm off break bowler. He represented New Zealand in Twenty20 and One Day Internationals.

We are proud that Elliott, Vettori and McCullum have allowed us to sign up to three top-class New Zealanders and look forward to seeing them in Team Royals.

Owais Shah

Welcome to St Moritz Ice Cricket: Owais Shah

The 39-year-old batsman played 71 ODIs and 17 Twenty20 Internationals for England between 2001 and 2009. He was also used in six Tests, starting with a strong 88 on his debut against India in 2006. Shah was born in Pakistan and played his first 14 years as a cricketer at the Middlesex County Cricket Club. In 2015, “The Ace”, as he’s nicknamed, ended his active career.

Michael Hussey and Monty Panesar

St. Moritz welcome to Michael Hussey and Monty Panesar

It’s an honor to announce two additional players that will be participating in the IceCricket event in February 2018: Welcome to Michael Hussey and Monty Panesar. Every cricket fan knows them both, but we want to introduce them here. Michael Hussey is an Australian batsman with an innings average of over 50 runs per wicket. In other words, there is hardly a more efficient batsman on the planet. This brings the 42-year-old the nickname Mr. Cricket. But how efficient will he be on a snow covered frozen lake in the cold and thin mountain air? We are curious.

Meanwhile, Monty Panesar is accustomed to cold temperatures. The 25-year-old Englishman with Indian roots is a left-arm spinner. Former England captain Andrew Strauss once said of him: “He’s the first on the ground and while most of the others are already in the pavilion after training, he’s still working on his form and technique.” We look forward to witnessing his spin bowling action in St. Moritz.

The Flamboyant Toe Crusher Lasith Malinga

St. Moritz gets ready to welcome the Flamboyant Toe Crusher Lasith Malinga

ST.MORITZ gets ready to welcome the flamboyant Toe Crusher Lasith Malinga known world over as Slinga Malinga or Slinga.

His bleached hair, eye piercings , tattos and the famous round arm action won him the title for the sexiest Cricketer in the world during the 2007 World Cup , and are yet perfect recipes to make Page 3 news in St Moritz

His unique and very effective style of bowling , has earned him several cricketing records, fastest to 100 wickets in IPL T 20 league , 4 wickets in 4 balls in the 2007 World Cup against South Africa and the first player to take 3 ODI Hattricks

Having perfected the art of bowling yorkers he can bowl them at will. Which makes him one of the most difficult bowlers to play, especially in the shorter format of the game,

After creating ripples around world cricket , We get ready to witness him crush some toes on Ice , at the ST. Moritz Ice cricket 2018.

Quick Facts :
He made his international Test and ODI’S debut in July2004 and his T20 debut in 2006.
His contribution to the success of Sri Lankan Cricket is immense and unforgettable.
Tattos on his arm contain – his debut date, his world record date , his test no 99 and “BELIEVE IN MYSELF , I GOT SPEED”

We too completely believe in him to skid the ball a little faster on Ice and give the batsmen a RUN for their money on Top of the World.

Jacques Kallis The Greatest All-Rounder of All Time!

Jacques Kallis, the Greatest All-Rounder of All Time Joins Ice Cricket!

Jacques Kallis is the second highest scorer of test centuries, behind only Tendulkar. A legend in the game. Jaque Kallis is synonyms with the greatest all rounder of all times. Born in 1975 in Cape Town, Kallis debuted as Right Handed Batsman in the South African cricket team in the year 1995. His ODI debut was a year later in a match against England. Kallis has always been known for his unbeatable batting skills that end up serving threat to the opposition and his bowling and fielding has always won him accolades of appreciation. In ODIs, Jaque Kallis has played in 328 matches and scored a total of 11579 runs. He is the second highest scorer of test centuries, behind only Tendulkar. Retired from cricket.

Kallis is one of only four players in Test history (after Sir Donald Bradman and before Mohammad Yousuf and Gautam Gambhir) to make a century in five consecutive matches, achieved in season 2003/04.

Kallis, currently coaches the KKR IPL team and always seeks newer challenges and looks forward to breaking and making new records some way or the other. As part of this quest, he is all set to bring storm in the snow, and take up the Ice Cricket challenge. We are really excited to see his cricketing skills on the ice. Are you?

Keep watching this space, more players to be revealed soon.

Mahela Jayawardene Legend

The modern day Legend, Mahela Jayawardene

St Moritz Ice Cricket gets ready for one of the Mr Cools of world cricket who is arriving to make things real hot.Yes, DENAGAMAGE PRABOTH MAHELA DE SILVA JAYAWARDENE a.k.a.MAIYA ,as he is fondly called. The modern day Legend, MAHELA JAYAWARDENE will be there.
Cricket fans across the world know of the finesse and class the great man brings on the field.
His classy off drives and his sublime late cuts are a treat to watch.

Who can forget his world record partnership with dear friend and another modern day legend Kumar Sangakkara ,of 600+ runs, or his 100+ runs at Lord’s to save a Test Match are history recorded for eternity.
He made his Test debut in 1997,ODI’s in 1998 and T20’s in 2008 .

It is a Herculean task to find a replacement for such a genius of a player.

Rest assured, at St Moritz Ice Cricket, his effortless drives and amazing late cuts are going to sizzle up the atmosphere. Consider yourself lucky to see a Masterclass Batsman in action.

MAHELA was the first batsman to score over 10,000 runs in Sri Lankan cricket and coached Mumbai Indians,the winners of IPL 2017.
Presently he has been signed as Coach of Khulna Titans in Bangladesh Premier League for a period of two years.

One of the thorough gentleman of the game.

We look forward to all the action this gem of a player will bring to St Moritz Ice Cricket

Graeme Smith on board

Graeme Smith – Legendary South African Captain

Legendary South African Captain Graeme Smith coming to St. Moritz!

Graeme Smith best known for his early captaincy of the South African National Cricket team, has won him accolades of fame and popularity. He was given the captaincy of the team at a young age of 22 and was handed over a responsibility of reviving and restoring faith of the Proteas.

In his career of both test and ODI, Smith has a lot of records to his name, the best being the highest wins in a test match as captain with 50 wins, he also holds the record for highest centuries by any captain in test match wins with 15 centuries. One of his best was the score at Lords against England in 2013, where he made consecutive double hundreds and his 259 remains the highest score by a foreigner.

As a captain Smith has always set examples that others could look upto. Will he chase a new record on top of the world and will he lead the Royals to fame and glory at St. Moritz?

We are so pleased to have him on board. His presence at St. Moritz Ice Cricket guarantees multifold of excitement, so gear up and subscribe for our newsletter. Who will join him from South Africa all the way to St. Moritz – follow us on facebook and twitter: IceCricketCH