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Slovenia's appeal

The first cricket match in beautiful Slovenia took place in 1997 when a group of expatriates scraped together a side to give the touring Royal Hague CC a fixture on their Balkans tour. They cheekily asked the President of Slovenia, Milan Kucan, for his support, and to their surprise he attended the match. After he had been briefed on how cricket terminology had entered the English language, he commented: "Oh, so you might say the American attitude to our application to join NATO is not quite cricket." Whether one of Europe's great statesmen ever used his new vocabulary in subsequent speeches is not known.

Wisden Almanack 1998

Posted by Charlie Randall
08/01/2010 20:11:06
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