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Austria A-Team in UK : Second Tour Match

Second Match Report: Austria A-Team vs Mumbai Invitation XI

The second match was also in T20 format, played between the visiting Austria A-Team and an invitation team selected from Mumbai based players, who are spending the English summer playing for London based clubs as their overseas players – a strong and experienced group of players. It was again played on a wet, but drying early evening.

Austria A-Team batted first in what was to be a lower scoring match. Again Austria A lost a few early wickets, but when Amir (26 (32b) joined Aqib (28 (35b)) at 17 for 3, they set about building the best partnership of the day – 54. Both were out in quick succession and another wicket fell cheaply, but this brought Navin (28* (13b)) and Mark (12* (9b)) to the crease. With Navin hitting two 6s and Mark two 4s, they scored an undefeated 40 in less than 4 overs to post a defendable target of 120 for 6. 

Austria A started the defence excellently, Waqar and Navin producing quality swing and seam bowling and reducing Mumbai to 20 for 4 off 6 overs. Waqar finished with 3 overs for only 7 runs, taking one wicket and Navin was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 14 off 4 – adding to his all round performance. Mumbai fought back with some creative batting, but the early wickets, and the later excellent spell by Imran, 3 for 23, meant that the last wicket fell to Mark in the 18th over (and virtually in the dark!) still 19 runs short. This fielding display was a dramatic improvement on the first game – three catches and two run outs – and showed real individual and team development – it was more energetic, focussed and intense.IMG_7288 IMG_7284

Austria A-Team in UK : First Tour Match

First Match Report: Austria A-Team vs Harrow St Mary CC,  27/8/15

The first match was a T20 format game between the visiting Austria A-Team and the hosts Harrow St. Mary CC. It was played on a wet, but drying afternoon on a grass pitch. The hosts included two Austrian players, Lakmal Kasturiarachchige and Satyam Subhash and a wealth of local and overseas talent, including an Indian U17 player.

Harrow batted first and posted a very competitive score of 152 for 3. Lakmal and young De Silva batted excellently for the first wicket, which put on over 60 and then Shivam joined the party with a quick fire 30. The bowling and fielding performance was good but lacked sharpness, and there were too many extras. Waqar and Akhilesh were the pick of the bowlers, Waqar taking 1-14 in 3 overs and Akhilesh bowling a very tight 4 overs. Other highlights were the excellent catches by Aqib and Navin.

In Austria A-Team’s reply, a couple of wickets were lost quickly, but Aqib (38 (28b)) and Klair (15) looked to be in control and building momentum until both were out in short succession. Another group of wickets were lost until young Zeshan (38* (25b)) and first Waqar (6) and then Muzammal (10) put together little partnerships. The batting of the joint top scorers was encouraging, although with differing styles – Aqib’s batting was quality and measured and Zeshan’s energetic and opportunistic.

The innings closed at 139 for 9 with the A-Team 13 runs short – a brave effort for this young, new side, playing its first game on grass and some good individual performances, but with room to improve.


Final Austria A-Team Pool Selected

We are pleased to announce that following the training sessions and matches, a final Austria A-Team Pool has been selected – 21 players from 6 ACA clubs.  This Pool will continue to train together twice weekly and will act as the source of players for the 14 man UK Tour Squad and the Three way Tournament in July.

We should like to thank all players who have participated in the training and trials this year – all have contributed to the improvement of Cricket in Austria  – and congratulations to all those selected in the final A-Team Pool for 2015 and good luck in their further training and matches ahead.

Best Cricketing Wishes

Oscar, Marcel, Lulitha and Matt

Full List of Austria A-Team Pool 2015

Shadnan Khan (capt)
Abdullah Ahmadzai
Akbarjan Abdullah
Amanullah Ahmadzai
Aqib Iqbal
Arslan Arif
Asim Ijaz
Baser Khan
Habib Ahmadzai
Habibullah Aman
Kailash Klair
Kunal Joshi
Mark Simpson-Parker
Mohamad Waqar Zalmai
Mohammad Bilal Zalmai
Mumtaz Tanha
Navin Wijesekera
Pamir Khan
Razmal Shigiwal
Sahil Bharti
Zadran Sahel

Austria A-Team names Captain

The Austrian A-Team have chosen all rounder Shadnan Khan to be Captain of the Austria A-Team for 2015 and the England Tour.  Shadnan is a prolific batter and strike bowler and his performances have earned him MVP in several recent tournaments and leagues.

He will lead a promising pool of players, who are developing their skills and team work under the coaching leadership of Oscar Wanigasekera.

We congratulate him and wish him all the best in his new role.1236703_681495401886731_5349103912674138279_n

National A-Team Pool announced

We are delighted to invite the following 26 young players to form the National A-Team Pool, taking part in the regular, twice weekly, training programme in preparation for tournaments aIMG_5435and tours later in the year. This follows a tight selection process involving nominations from ACA Clubs, followed by training sessions, a first ever trial and taking into account previous performances of players in ACA league cricket.

The initial pool of players come from 10 ACA clubs and range in age from 16 to 28 years of age.

This heralds a new phase in the development of Austrian cricket and builds on the work carried out by many promoting the development of youth cricket and linking this with the future National Team goals. As it is focused on the future, only players up to the age of 30 are eligible and selection has been based purely on ability and potential – players who have the potential to be stars in the National Teams of the future and to contribute to building a stronger future for cricket in Austria.

Coaching will be headed and led by Oscar Wanigasekera and he will be supported by Marcel Biersteker. As with the other SNASY initiatives, this program is supported and underpinned by the Austria Cricket Association – Österreich Cricket Verband.

The quality of players available and strength in depth is such that in addition to the 26 players who have been selected to the National A-Team Pool, two others have been invited to attend all sessions to benefit from the training and a further 10 are on STANDBY. The Standby players will be invited regularly, but less frequently, to take part and benefit from the development environment. It should be stressed that an initial Pool has been selected, but it will be constantly reviewed and may change based on performances and commitment.  All players, who are invited to attend the training, have the chance to be included in the Pool and in the exciting fixtures that lie ahead.

Other players who were nominated, mostly younger players, will continue to attend the SNASY Academy to further develop their skills – their time will come!

In addition, some of our talented young Austrians are playing cricket in the UK.  As the A-Team will be touring the UK in August, these players will be invited to join us for training in the UK.


National A-Team Pool

Austria CC – Navin Wijesekera, Abdullah Khan Ahmadzai, Aqib Iqbal, Habibullah Aman, Rayhaan Ahmed, Razmal Shigiwal, Shivam Subhash

Afghan Steiermark CC – Shadnan Khan, Pamir Khan, Habib Ahmadzai, Zakhil Farmanullah, Atif Sohail

Bangladesh CCA – Iqbal Hossain

Cricketers CC – Mohamad Waqar Zalmai, Baser Khan, Amanullah Ahmadzai, Nazim Sahel, Mumtaz Tanha

Lords CC – Kunal Joshi, Sahil Bharti

Pakistan CC – Arslan Arif

Riders CC – Kailash Klair, Ahmad Mirza Ahsa

Sri Lanka CC – Nuwan Sameera Ranaweera

Vienna CC – Mark Simpson-Parker

Vienna Lions CC – Sandeep Kumar

Invited to attend all training sessions – to develop their skills and in acknowledgment of their contribution the development of cricket in Austria

Austria CC – Taqi Rezai, Andrea Zepeda 

Standby Players – to be invited to attend as requested (once a fortnight)

Austria CC – Akhilesh Kapdi, Jamil Bahramkhil

Austrian Cricket Tigers – Sohaib Farooq

Afghan Steiermark CC – Sadaqat Khan

Bangladesh CCA – Rakib Islam

Cricketers CC – Mohamed Bilal Zalmai (due to current injury – when fit, will join Pool)

Riders CC – Asim Ijaz, Tariq Umar

Vienna CC – Akbarjan Abdullah, Shakil Khan

UK Based Players

Armaan Randhawa, Lakmal Kasturiarachchige, Interzar Ijaz, Satyam Subhash

We congratulate all the players who have been nominated and thank them for their interest and commitment to Austrian Cricket and wish Good Luck to all those selected – and those who might still be!Austria shirt

Great Young Talent and Potential on Show: A-Team Trial

IMG_5435aOn Friday, 1st May, the Austria A-Team trial took place to select players who will be invited to join the Austria A-Team training and development squad.  40 players from 11 clubs took part in a 70 over test of cricketing skills at the Austria Cricket Stadium, (ACS), Markommanenstrasse, in Vienna.  They were watched and assessed by Oscar Wanigasekera, (head coach), Marcel Biersteker (coach), Anish Gupta (Development Officer, ACA) and Matt Toogood (SNASY).

And there was some real young talent and potential on display, with players aging from 16 to 28, IMG_5438with all types of bowler  – right arm fast, left arm fast, leg break, off break and slow left arm, some powerful and some more cultured batting performances and some quality keeping and fielding skills.

A young squad will now be selected, who will train together twice weekly at the ACS, led by head coach Oscar Wanigasekera.  From the squad, players will selected to take part in an international tournament in July and then a UK tour in August – all of which further develops our young talented players and our future national teams.

All of this, of course, builds on years of dedication to cricket in Austria by many individuals and as head coach Oscar said, “our job now is to take it further into the future, improving the quality of cricket and the depth of cricket at all levels in Austria”. IMG_5478

Austria A-Team Trial on Friday! Good luck to all!


We are approaching the final trial for the Austria A-Team for 2015, which will take place this Friday, 1st May from 13:00 at ACS, Markommanenstrasse, 1220 Wien. We have ended up with over 50 nominations from 11 clubs – which is great. Austria shirt

Here is some important information about the trial.

  • The trial will start at 13:00 and so players should arrive in time to be ready and changed for action. Late arrival will not be seen as good practice.
  • Each player is responsible for bringing and looking after their own kit – no bats/pads/etc. will be provided by SNASY/ACA for the trial.
  • The forecast for Friday isn’t great, but the trial will take place whatever the weather.
  • During the trial, we will require from the players information about nationality and length of time in Austria etc. More details are available from your club chairmen.

After the trial, a group of between 20 – 25 players will be selected to attend the regular Austria A-Team training which will take place every Wednesday and Friday evening at ACS. As stated before, players will be selected based on trials and on performances for their clubs and will include a balance of batsmen, keepers, fast and slow bowlers. As it is focused on the future, only players up to the age of 30 will be eligible and selection will be based purely on ability and potential. Players and clubs will be notified as soon as possible.

Good luck to all players!

Best Cricketing Wishes,

Matt Toogood, Oscar Wanigasekera

Young Austria A-Team : Nominations for 2015

Austrian A-Team Update

Last summer, we announced the creation of an Austrian A-Team. We are now in a position to take this further in 2015 with trials, an international tournament and a tour to the UK all in the planning.

Austria shirt The Austria A-Team will act as an extension to the youth SNASY Academy and will further strengthen our future National Team.

Coaching will be headed and led by Oscar Wanigasekera and he will be supported by Marcel Biersteker. The aim is to select and develop around 20 exceptional young players, who have the potential to be key contributors to the National Teams of the future.  Continue reading