Colombia will face a tough start on their first ever appearance at the South American Cricket Championships (SACs) in October, facing hosts Chile as well as regional powerhouse Mexico on the opening day of the tournament, October 9.
A 15-strong squad, comprising of players from Bogota’s three club sides and Medellin CC, will travel to Santiago for the championships, which conclude on October 12. Colombia will play Argentina, the highest ranked South American nation, on the 10th before finishing with games against Peru and Brazil.
The Colombian Cricket Board will officially launch a campaign to become regional champions on October 1 with a farewell party at La Villa in the Zona Rosa. All are welcome to attend the fundraising event that will include a raffle being used to help fund the trip. The squad – which includes Colombian natives as well as adopted cafeteros from the UK, Australia, India and South Africa – is otherwise covering their own costs for the tournament.
Raffle prizes include stays at hotels in various parts of Colombia, Golden Lion cider and other alcohol, salsa classes at Punta y Taco and cricket kit.
Colombia’s appearance at the tournament marks a remarkable acceleration in the game’s organisation in the country, given it played its first international match just last year and the first domestic competition was only in February this year.