Morocco February 17, 2010

Morocco begins journey from Tangier to Benoni

Tony Munro

Tony Munro

Morocco has begun its preparations for the Africa Division Three tournament in South Africa in April by hosting Catalanya CC from Barcelona last week.

Although the North Africans lost the series 3-0, the visiting Barcelona side consisted entirely of South Asian expats providing all-indigenous Morocco with a thorough examination ahead of the African tournament.

During the first two games when fielding all locals, Morocco was an accomplished bowling and fielding team, although their batting was somewhat lacking. For the final game, the home side brought in reinforcements from Commonwealth embassies.

The game in Morocco had its origins in the Pakistan Embassy in Rabat - now there are some 300 players playing in the national league involving teams from Casablanca, Rabat and Tangier. There are two cricket grounds in Morocco - in Rabat and Tangier.

Since the league started in 2002, it has used the 50-over format, but going with the times, will switch to Twenty/20 for the new season which starts in April and continues until September. The league is played on a home-and-away basis, meaning all nine teams play 16 games each.

Progress has been difficult in a country which blends Arab and French cultures, although the Moroccan Cricket Association sees the employment of three Level 2 coaches as pivotal to its plans to introduce cricket into schools.

It also intends to hold an annual triangular tournament, providing the national team with regular matchplay outside the World Cricket League.

The Moroccan team which played Catalanya was: Mohammed Ennaoui (capt), Abdelghani Ennaoui, Yassine Boudcher (wk), Ghelzim Redouane, Rachid El Harmaoui, Mohammed Soussi, Soufiane Essayeh, Ibrahim Bekkouri, Mounassir, Ismail Kettani, Fahim Abdelkhalek, Zakaria Zaki.

Jamie Alter is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • bilal on June 22, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    thanks all everybody i moroccan and i love cricket,thanks very match. and i sorry i no spic english

  • youssef on March 29, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    I used to play for tangier i was legspiner the thing we had a fucking president who used to take our bonus when we win he never gave us encouragement or motivated us to do better so i had to leave the team and now am thinking to play with Gibraltar team,but i wish my friend who plays in morocco have good luck in this game because honestly they are talented.and i missed playing with them and enjoy the game together

  • Joanne Asselman on March 11, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    My son is Moroccan and he plays in England at youth level.....he recently had a trial for Warwickshire County Cricket. We would be very pleased if cricket took off in Morocco as the climate is good and people would love the game......

  • Anil Koshy on February 19, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    I agree with Tayo, ICC should support teams like Moroccan cricket with better coaching facilities. It would do a lot of good for the game if cricket is promoted in countries in Africa like Morocco, Uganda, Nigeria, Namibia etc. I wish all the best to Moroccan cricket.

  • Tayo Atoloye on February 18, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    I am very glad that our moroccan brothers are making good preparation for the division 3 tourney. There absence from the 2008 North and West African series was seriously missed because we felt they would have brought to the tournament stiffer and better competition. It is sad to hear that there batting has not yet improved. In 2006 in Gambia, a lot of promise was shown by some of there batsmen most especially by Mohammed Soussi who play a very lovely inning against Nigeria. There continued collaboration and participation in the North and West African championship will go a long way in improving their standard of play. Morocco stands out as the only country in this grouping that can boast of international standard facilities and I expect that such should have given them the leverage to stand out.I wish them the very best in the qualifying series.

  • bilal on June 22, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    thanks all everybody i moroccan and i love cricket,thanks very match. and i sorry i no spic english

  • youssef on March 29, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    I used to play for tangier i was legspiner the thing we had a fucking president who used to take our bonus when we win he never gave us encouragement or motivated us to do better so i had to leave the team and now am thinking to play with Gibraltar team,but i wish my friend who plays in morocco have good luck in this game because honestly they are talented.and i missed playing with them and enjoy the game together

  • Joanne Asselman on March 11, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    My son is Moroccan and he plays in England at youth level.....he recently had a trial for Warwickshire County Cricket. We would be very pleased if cricket took off in Morocco as the climate is good and people would love the game......

  • Anil Koshy on February 19, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    I agree with Tayo, ICC should support teams like Moroccan cricket with better coaching facilities. It would do a lot of good for the game if cricket is promoted in countries in Africa like Morocco, Uganda, Nigeria, Namibia etc. I wish all the best to Moroccan cricket.

  • Tayo Atoloye on February 18, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    I am very glad that our moroccan brothers are making good preparation for the division 3 tourney. There absence from the 2008 North and West African series was seriously missed because we felt they would have brought to the tournament stiffer and better competition. It is sad to hear that there batting has not yet improved. In 2006 in Gambia, a lot of promise was shown by some of there batsmen most especially by Mohammed Soussi who play a very lovely inning against Nigeria. There continued collaboration and participation in the North and West African championship will go a long way in improving their standard of play. Morocco stands out as the only country in this grouping that can boast of international standard facilities and I expect that such should have given them the leverage to stand out.I wish them the very best in the qualifying series.

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  • Tayo Atoloye on February 18, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    I am very glad that our moroccan brothers are making good preparation for the division 3 tourney. There absence from the 2008 North and West African series was seriously missed because we felt they would have brought to the tournament stiffer and better competition. It is sad to hear that there batting has not yet improved. In 2006 in Gambia, a lot of promise was shown by some of there batsmen most especially by Mohammed Soussi who play a very lovely inning against Nigeria. There continued collaboration and participation in the North and West African championship will go a long way in improving their standard of play. Morocco stands out as the only country in this grouping that can boast of international standard facilities and I expect that such should have given them the leverage to stand out.I wish them the very best in the qualifying series.

  • Anil Koshy on February 19, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    I agree with Tayo, ICC should support teams like Moroccan cricket with better coaching facilities. It would do a lot of good for the game if cricket is promoted in countries in Africa like Morocco, Uganda, Nigeria, Namibia etc. I wish all the best to Moroccan cricket.

  • Joanne Asselman on March 11, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    My son is Moroccan and he plays in England at youth level.....he recently had a trial for Warwickshire County Cricket. We would be very pleased if cricket took off in Morocco as the climate is good and people would love the game......

  • youssef on March 29, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    I used to play for tangier i was legspiner the thing we had a fucking president who used to take our bonus when we win he never gave us encouragement or motivated us to do better so i had to leave the team and now am thinking to play with Gibraltar team,but i wish my friend who plays in morocco have good luck in this game because honestly they are talented.and i missed playing with them and enjoy the game together

  • bilal on June 22, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    thanks all everybody i moroccan and i love cricket,thanks very match. and i sorry i no spic english