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  • The Hellenic Cricket Federation is the governing body of cricket in Greece. The current President is Joseph Nikitas. Greece was accepted into the European Cricket Council in 1995. The federation's headquarters are on the island of Corfu where Greek cricket is mainly played. Cricket was brought to Greece by the British who occupied the Ionian Islands for 50 years, leaving in 1864. Most of the players and coaches are Corfu Greeks, but there are also some Pakistanis and Afghanis playing,one max per club eleven in competitions. There are also some Australian Greeks from Melbourne who play. Greece came runners-up in the 2005 European Affiliates Championships that took place August of that year. However the Greek team was relegated to the fourth division in the European Championships, and banned from playing for a year, due to an alleged irregularity as one of the Melbourne Greeks had left behind his Greek passport. ECC's decision was made in haste and always contested by the Hellenic Cricket Federation who always comply with Greek Law wherebye only Greeks may represent Greece at sport international competitions. Greece has 15 official clubs of which 13 are on Corfu, one is in Athens and one is in Thessaloniki. Cricket has been played in Corfu since 1823 but remains a minor sport in Greece, with almost no media coverage around the country. Wikipedia

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