European Cricket League: Pavel Florin gets backing from Shane Warne

Article Image

Former Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath spoke to CNN Sport about the upcoming 2019 Ashes

Posted: Jul 31, 2019 11:10 AM
Updated: Jul 31, 2019 11:10 AM

A Romanian cricket player has become an overnight internet sensation after some of the sport's biggest names came out to bat away online mockery.

Pavel Florin, a 40-year-old professional bodyguard and president of Romania's Cluj Cricket Club, which is in Transylvania, caused a stir after his bowling performance was uploaded to social media.

An amateur cricketer who only took up the sport eight years ago, Florin's lack of pace and distinctive bowling action was harshly criticized online despite him still not having fully recovered from a broken leg.

But while some appeared keen to mock, a number of the sport's most recognizable figures came out in support of Florin, who was competing in the 10-over event in Spain.

"Cricket is a beautiful game," Australian cricket legend Shane Warne tweeted. "Well done and congrats to everyone who made this happen. I would love to check this tournament out next year & help out, if you need a helping hand then hit me up! Congrats again."

READ: The Ashes: Sledging and the bitter fight for iconic miniscule trophy

READ: Indian star suspended over doping violation

Former England player Dimi Mascarenhas also gave Florin his backing, tweeting: "This is the first born & bred Romanian playing cricket. We should be celebrating this amazing achievement. A lot of hard work by some brilliant people have made this happen. Let's just watch and celebrate this truly awesome tournament."

Graham Onions, a former England bowler, also offered his support to Florin.

"Pavel Florin the Romanian cricketer should be trending, absolute hero," he tweeted.

"Honestly nothing to do with him able to hunt me down & kill me in 0.2 seconds but his passion for cricket is great. His ability to realize he's no world beater and NOT CARE what people think "

Florin, who says his biggest achievement in cricket is a top score of 36 and taking two wickets in three overs, was philosophical after his performance.

"Maybe someone says my bowling is not beautiful or not effective, but I don't care, because I love cricket," Florin told the European Cricket League:

"It's not beautiful, I know, everybody says it, but I'm a slow bowler."

READ: How 'luck of the Irish' and 'Allah' inspired England's World Cup win

READ: England defeats New Zealand in astonishing World Cup final

Cricket is not widely played in Romania but that has not dimmed Florin's enthusiasm for the sport.

In an interview with the European Cricket League, Florin recalled how he once drove 500 kilometers through the night to make sure he could play in a game the following morning.

After driving for nine straight hours, he finished unbeaten on 34 runs.

His team Cluj is taking part in the first edition of the ECL which consists of eight teams including clubs from Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 35712

Reported Deaths: 2207
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion10037594
Lake3806202
Allen174371
Cass15927
Elkhart143529
St. Joseph132035
Hamilton118094
Hendricks118074
Johnson1120110
Madison59761
Porter55329
Clark52841
Bartholomew52238
Howard43734
LaPorte43624
Tippecanoe4214
Shelby39822
Jackson3942
Delaware38740
Hancock34928
Floyd32140
Boone31835
Vanderburgh2902
Morgan28324
Noble25121
Montgomery24417
Clinton2401
White2389
Decatur23031
Grant22123
Dubois2053
Harrison19622
Henry18412
Vigo1758
Greene17125
Dearborn17021
Monroe17012
Warrick16728
Kosciusko1661
Lawrence16524
Marshall1472
Miami1411
Putnam1377
Orange13122
Jennings1314
Scott1223
Franklin1158
Ripley1086
LaGrange1022
Daviess9516
Carroll933
Steuben872
Wayne865
Wabash802
Fayette797
Newton7810
Jasper701
Jay530
Clay522
Washington511
Rush503
Randolph503
Fulton501
Pulaski490
Jefferson471
Whitley443
DeKalb431
Starke393
Sullivan371
Owen341
Perry340
Huntington342
Brown331
Benton320
Wells320
Knox310
Blackford272
Tipton261
Crawford240
Fountain222
Switzerland210
Spencer211
Adams201
Gibson182
Parke180
Posey160
Ohio130
Warren121
Martin120
Vermillion100
Union90
Pike60
Unassigned0175

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 36792

Reported Deaths: 2300
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin6112290
Cuyahoga4669247
Hamilton2739164
Marion267931
Lucas2296256
Pickaway209537
Summit1487181
Mahoning1463188
Butler93333
Columbiana88952
Stark75299
Lorain70960
Montgomery69516
Trumbull58451
Belmont43914
Warren39021
Medina36623
Miami36230
Tuscarawas3604
Ashtabula34537
Delaware34414
Portage33257
Lake31812
Fairfield3108
Clark3067
Wood30348
Geauga29533
Wayne28851
Licking26510
Mercer2207
Clermont2165
Allen21433
Richland2093
Darke18423
Erie18216
Madison1627
Washington11819
Crawford1174
Morrow1071
Ottawa10217
Greene1025
Putnam9514
Sandusky8512
Monroe7914
Auglaize763
Ross732
Hocking705
Jefferson672
Hardin640
Huron601
Williams561
Union551
Muskingum521
Hancock511
Shelby463
Holmes463
Clinton451
Fulton450
Wyandot442
Coshocton400
Logan400
Fayette400
Preble391
Guernsey362
Defiance342
Carroll313
Brown301
Lawrence300
Champaign281
Highland261
Knox251
Seneca242
Vinton212
Ashland210
Perry191
Athens181
Henry170
Scioto170
Paulding140
Jackson140
Adams101
Harrison100
Pike90
Gallia81
Van Wert70
Noble60
Meigs60
Morgan50
Unassigned00
Fort Wayne
Overcast
79° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 81°
Angola
Overcast
77° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 79°
Huntington
Overcast
77° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 79°
Decatur
Scattered Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 82°
Van Wert
Scattered Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 82°
Warm & Humid Thursday
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events