On the eve of the 25th year of good relations between the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Deutscher Cricket Bund (DCB), the ICC has officially expressed its appreciation for the work of the DCB.
In a letter from ICC Chief Executive Officer David Richardson to the DCB President Dr. Brian Fell, Richardson praised the efforts of the DCB in developing cricket in Germany. The letter of 10 December reads:
I write to confirm the International Cricket Council’s support of the Deutscher Cricket Bund (DCB). The DCB is the bona fide Member of the ICC in Germany, having initially become an Affiliate Member in 1991 and rising to Associate status in 1999.
As one of our 105 Members, the DCB is an important part of our mission to make cricket the world’s favourite sport. In particular we note the domestic growth that the game has experienced in Germany in recent years thanks to the efforts of the DCB and we look forward to continuing to support you in future years.
ICC Chief Executive Officer’
In it’s annual review of cricket for 2015, the ICC Development Programme for Europe ‘s ICC Regional Development Manager – Europe, Nick Pink, has also expressed to the DCB his appreciation of what the DCB has achieved this year.
He has written in a letter dated 7 December 2015:
We have been reviewing the 2015 year and we wanted to contact you to show our appreciation for the strides you’ve made in developing domestic/grass roots cricket over the last 12 months….
…The focus on domestic development, the potential within Germany and the strong infrastructure the DCB board and staff provide, are why the ICC are looking to target Germany and work even more closely with the DCB in 2016.
We look forward to working more closely than ever in 2016 and beyond.
ICC Regional Development Manager – Europe.’
The work of the DCB in developing cricket in Germany over so many years has not been an easy task; but thanks to a large number of cricket enthusiasts who have devoted much time and energy to bring the game to ever more people in Germany, the German cricket world is vastly greater in 2015 than it was when a handful of people started the DCB in 1988. It is the aim of the DCB to continue to develop its activities as far as participation is concerned, although it is already one of the leading countries in Continental Europe in this respect.
It also has ambitions to take its place as a leading Associate in terms of international cricket.
The potential for German cricket is huge and the DCB has shown and will continue to show that it has the means to turn this potential into reality. The support of ICC over the years has been tremendous and its continued support for the DCB is greatly appreciated.
Dr. Brian Fell, President DCB