The Falkland Islands were granted affiliate member status by the ICC on June 29, along with Cameroon, Peru and Swaziland. They are currently on tour to England. Matthew Pryor gives an account of their current tour and cricketing history in The Times.
The Falklands have been busy trying to raise their game. As part of that and in celebration of 25 years since the end of the Falklands conflict – and because they cannot really tour Argentina – they are in the middle of a whirlwind tour to England, with seven games in eight days.
They are not intending to make their debut at the World Cup any time soon and played Outwood CC, near Gatwick, yesterday. It meant that Outwood, a small village in Surrey, have scored a unique double, having played (and been soundly thrashed by) Argentina when they were touring England in 1979.
The Gloucestershire Gipsies XI await at Lord Vesty’s ground at Stowell Park tomorrow, before a game for the history books against Falkland CC in Newbury, Berkshire. The name of the Falkland Islands derives from the British expedition in 1690 funded by the Fifth Viscount Falkland, an Admiralty commissioner.

Ashok Ganguly is an editorial assistant at Cricinfo