Cricket in Italy


by Rumbold
20th September, 2009 at 4:45 pm    

Jai sent me this nice little snippet about South Asians in Italy who have established a cricket club, and are having a ground built for them by Brescia’s deputy mayor, who is a member of the Northern League (the party that wants to sink boats carrying illegal immigrants):

“Brescia’s cricketers have not had it easy. They have been barred from the city’s parks because residents complained they were being peppered with cricket balls. Now, that has changed, says Safder Mahfooz – president of Pakistan Sports Club Brescia…

Brescia is not spoilt for open spaces – and getting hit by a fast-moving cricket ball can hurt. There is more – Mr Rolfi announces that the council has just agreed to build a permanent cricket ground on the edge of town.

“I want to see more Italian kids take it up,” he adds. “Cricket can help build links between the Italian and immigrant communities – and help us avoid some of the problems we’ve seen in the past.”"


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  1. thabet — on 20th September, 2009 at 6:16 pm  

    AC Milan was founded as a cricket club by British railway workers.

  2. David T — on 21st September, 2009 at 11:46 am  

    I once went to a cricket match on staten island – I was the only white (or, more properly, beige) person there.

  3. Cauldron — on 21st September, 2009 at 5:46 pm  

    Fabulous idea. With luck any decent Italian cricketers can be co-opted to play for England alongside all the South Africans.

  4. Reza — on 22nd September, 2009 at 4:10 pm  

    From the article:

    “It’s not a good place to live”, he says. “Most Italians only speak their own language and so – unlike Indians and Pakistanis – they don’t mix well with people from other cultures.”

    Those bloody Italians! How dare they speak only their own language? Here we have South Asians trying so hard to ‘enrich’ Italy’s boring and worthless Italian culture, and the ungrateful Wops won’t even make the effort to learn Hindi or English!

  5. Ravi Naik — on 24th September, 2009 at 7:18 pm  

    “It’s not a good place to live”, he says. “Most Italians only speak their own language and so – unlike Indians and Pakistanis – they don’t mix well with people from other cultures.”

    Heh, I also found that comment a bit rich. I mean, if you are settling in Italy, learning the local language is the least you can do, as opposed to expect others to speak English.

  6. Sophie Henson22 — on 25th September, 2009 at 11:48 am  

    Mmm interesting. the problem is most of the time when an english speaking goes to visit another country they expect them to speak english. And it always goes something like … “No speak english” .. “Do you speak english?

    We are perhaps all guilty of this at least once.

  7. Reza — on 25th September, 2009 at 12:13 pm  

    Oh please!

    We’re not talking about British holidaymakers; we’re talking about immigrants.

    I spend part of the year in Italy. Very few people speak English, so I speak (poor) Italian.

    If I were emigrating to Italy then I would learn to speak good Italian.

    Not doing so would demonstrate a staggering sense of entitlement and contemptible level of disrespect for the indigenous hosts.

    But unfortunately, a “staggering sense of entitlement” seems par for the course these days when it comes to some immigrants from the third world. As the cricket-playing immigrant in the article demonstrated perfectly.

  8. thabet — on 25th September, 2009 at 9:33 pm  

    “We’re not talking about British holidaymakers; we’re talking about immigrants”

    British immigrants to Spain or the Arab Gulf are hardly known for learning the local lingo… although I agree with the point that efforts should be made by immigrants to learn the local language.

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