After several years and numerous directorates the Spanish government have finally recognised cricket as a sport and Cricket Espana as the sole governing body for cricket in the country.
Cricket Espana first undertook this quest when Ken Sainsbury was president. Ken and his committee made inroads and for the last four years David Stirton, the Cricket Espana government liaison officer, has worked tirelously to see this project through to completion.
He has been helped the last few years by Andrew Ward, a top sports lawyer from the law firm Cuatro Casos. Andrew also happens to be a member of Madrid Cricket Club.
Cricket Espana received confirmation today of its successful application. Numerous positive impacts will come about from this recognition, notably the opportunity to teach cricket as a sport in Spanish schools.
The next stage of the process is for Cricket Espana to strive for "agruppacion" status.
Cricket Espana thank everyone past and present involved in achieving this milestone and we will continue to strive towards our long term goal to see the sport receive federation status.