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    Norway to build national cricket stadium?

    Drammens Tidende reports on Norway's cricket situation

    For those unfortunate among you not fluent in the Scandinavian tongues, the story runs like this: Marienlyst stadium, the old home ground of Strømsgodset IF (Norwegian league champions in 1970, four-time Norwegian cup winners, sufferers of Liverpool's largest competitive win and, latterly, most known for being Jostein Flo's final place to play professional football) is being redeveloped as Strømsgodset are planning to move to a new stadium. Local politician Jousuf Gilani wishes to make the ground into the first dedicated cricket stadium in Scandinavia, which could host exhibition matches with international players (he hopes) as well as Norwegian league games. There might even be seats for the crowd (the current pitches are basically football fields with artificial turf, and watching from the sidelines involves sitting on the grass) The usual arguments about integration is also bandied about, coincidentally a couple of days after a prominent lawyer, Abid Q. Raja, wrote a letter to Aftenposten urging the politicians to prioritise cricket.

    Two of Norway's 29 organised clubs are placed in Drammen, but the city is nevertheless famed for other sports, and personally I think the plans are unlikely to come through. Not least because among the other suggested plans there is a shopping centre - which is perfectly ridiculous because there is a shopping centre 150 metres away from it - and a handball hall - which is equally ridiculous, with there being an international class handball hall 50 metres away from the area. The only thing I could perhaps support is a bandy field - bandy is a popular sport in Drammen, one of three places where it survives in Norway - but bandy is dead in all countries except for Sweden, Finland and Russia, while cricket is a world sport where Norway have good opportunities to become a Scandinavian leader with some kind of facilities.

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    Its good news, they seem to be taking an active interest, If just one more person, one more country gets into cricket, Ca sera fantastique - thats a canadian smilie? Lol,
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    Hey Hak... you might see a game of cricket!

    Here's to hoping the plans go through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Hey Hak... you might see a game of cricket!

    Here's to hoping the plans go through.
    Are you suggesting that Exeter U13 v Clyst Hydon U13 didn't qualify as a game of cricket?
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    Is the local population particularly aware of cricket Samuel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 16 tins of Spam View Post
    Is the local population particularly aware of cricket Samuel?
    Not particularly, no. I'm a bit of an anomaly.

    Most people know it's a sport. When pressed, they'll say it's done with bat and ball and that Pakistanis play it, and possibly that they remember it being on TV a couple of years ago (we got the NatWest final. Complete with rain.). Can't speak for the city of Drammen in particular, but I guess it's the same there.

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    i didnt even think norway even had an international cricket team!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup View Post
    Are you suggesting that Exeter U13 v Clyst Hydon U13 didn't qualify as a game of cricket?
    I recall Hakon spending more time with myself and Rich in the nets than anywhere else...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCC_legend View Post
    i didnt even think norway even had an international cricket team!
    If Yorkshire can have one...

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    why is cricket always reffered by people who dont know much about it like " its a game played by english people"(at least here) or like its a game played by indians - its a game played by *name here*?

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    well it was invented by the english, and i suppose people just think about posh english folk playing it way back in the 1900s.

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    If they build it, i will be there to see the first game...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes View Post
    Not particularly, no. I'm a bit of an anomaly.

    Most people know it's a sport. When pressed, they'll say it's done with bat and ball and that Pakistanis play it, and possibly that they remember it being on TV a couple of years ago (we got the NatWest final. Complete with rain.). Can't speak for the city of Drammen in particular, but I guess it's the same there.
    How would cricket stack up against Rugby in terms of popularity over there, Sam? Similar level of indifference would be my guess.

    Although Magnus Lund is now starting for us...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    How would cricket stack up against Rugby in terms of popularity over there, Sam? Similar level of indifference would be my guess.

    Although Magnus Lund is now starting for us...
    At least in terms of media coverage, it's pretty much at zero. The rugby team is awful because we're basically relying on Magnus' brother and assorted immigrants (and since the English expat population is somewhat lower than the Pakistani expat, the rugby team has fewer to pick from). Over an average sample cricket probably wins out, because of the two Pakistanis you'd inevitably pick in the sample

    Still, if you queried said sample of Norwegians about whether they knew a) Geoff Hurst, b) Steven Redgrave, c) Michael Vaughan, d) Jonny Wilkinson, e) Eddie the Eagle, f) Magnus Lund, the results would go Hurst, Eddie, Redgrave, Lund/Wilkinson/Vaughan, I reckon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes View Post
    At least in terms of media coverage, it's pretty much at zero. The rugby team is awful because we're basically relying on Magnus' brother and assorted immigrants (and since the English expat population is somewhat lower than the Pakistani expat, the rugby team has fewer to pick from). Over an average sample cricket probably wins out, because of the two Pakistanis you'd inevitably pick in the sample

    Still, if you queried said sample of Norwegians about whether they knew a) Geoff Hurst, b) Steven Redgrave, c) Michael Vaughan, d) Jonny Wilkinson, e) Eddie the Eagle, f) Magnus Lund, the results would go Hurst, Eddie, Redgrave, Lund/Wilkinson/Vaughan, I reckon.
    How horrifying.

    What about basketball? I only ask beacuse it's now more-or-less illegal to refer to Magnus without mentioning that his dad play it for Norway. presume that's where he gets his height from.

    WRT Rugby, you clearly want a few first & second generation kiwi-norwayanese to bolster your ranks.

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