Putting the 'I' into BICC
Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, England, Germany, India, Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Wales, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Recently, you might have seen a map on our social media pages showing where all of our players (both current and past) are from. Back in 2005 the club decided to change its name from Barcelona CC, but why?
The club was known as Barcelona Cricket Club from its inception in 1982 until it wound up in the late 90s, and was later reformed with the same name by Pete Szosty. The ‘I’ didn’t come in until a few years later, with some debate between then-President Pete and soon-to-be President Rob Paterson about whether it should be ‘International’ (Rob) or ‘Internationals’ (Pete). The club accidentally meandered between the two names for a while, before Rob became President and Pete left, with International thus prevailing. The name change had initially been brought about due to the increasingly diverse nature of the players in the club. The name Barcelona CC was retired and BICC was born.
That diverse nature continues to this day, and Barcelona International Cricket Club currently boasts players from nine different countries, having had players previously from another eight. Barcelona is a very multi-cultural and diverse city, with residents from all over the world and our club fully represents that. Those seventeen countries represented over the years are in five continents, and many of them are not traditional cricket-playing countries (looking at you Argentina, Germany and Spain). BICC is the only club in Barcelona (out of a much bigger number than you’re probably expecting, if you’re not from here), and probably Catalonia as a whole, to have this kind of diversity and it makes the club what it is. As can be expected, we welcome players from all backgrounds, just as long as they like cricket and a drink after the game!
Now the only question is where country number 18 will be…
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