As a non-profit organization, our prime objective apart from competitive participation is to develop the infrastructure of Cricket in Chemnitz and extend its reach among the locals as well as other interested parties.
Background: Cricket in Chemnitz
Chemnitz, having shed its past image as a busy industrial city, has transformed into a University city with a large pool of international students enrolled at the TU Chemnitz. The city has witnessed a steep increase in the student population from South-Asian countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh & Nepal upon the introduction of master degree courses being taught in English. Besides, the Institute of Print & Media Technology at the University is engaged in a strong academic collaboration with the Manipal University in India. This fosters students from the partner Indian University to study in Chemnitz as an exchange student.
Presently, with over 1000 students from India, Pakistan & Bangladesh, Chemnitz is a host of a dense south-Asian student population in Saxony. It is only natural that these students miss playing their favourite game away from home and yearn for a proper cricket facility in their new home city.
Legacy so far
Since early 2011, the students and researchers at TUC had been participating in several outdoor and indoor cricket tournaments at home and away representing the University. The team christened as ‘the Chemnitz Cricketing Warriors’ participated in many tournaments within Saxony and had won four different trophies thus far (seen in next page). But without being officially registered in a club, the team could not participate in the professional leagues organized by the German association for Cricket (DCB).
To overcome this crisis, an official Cricket Club was founded under Universitätssportgemeinschaft Chemnitz e. V. The Chemnitz Cricket Club (CCC) was born with a prime aim – to promote the game among the local people as well as many international students, who may or may not be aware of the game. The club has successfully marked its humble beginning by organizing an inaugural tournament on 23-24 August 2014 at Markersdorfer Straße in Chemnitz, where the training ground of CCC is also located. The event attracted participation of six teams from within and outside TU Chemnitz which comprised students mainly from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The cricket ground was filled with a feeling of cordialness and competitiveness among the participating teams. The aim of bringing different people together to enjoy and get to know the game was a great success.