You wouldn’t normally think of Switzerland as a country with wickets toppling over green pitches in long summer evenings.
But for Indian engineers at CERN, Australian diplomats, English archdeacons and Afghans setting up new lives, the club cricket scene flourishes.
It links them with like-minded people in a foreign country which has, for a time, become their home.
“I came to Switzerland, in October 2009. I was a little short of friends, to put it mildly - totally new place, nobody known to me,” says Aseem Dhawan, who was born in the Indian city of Chandigarh, in the Punjab.
He read engineering at the south Indian MIT - Manipal Institute of Technology - and moved to Bern to work for a startup called LostyFound. He then moved to PENTAG Informatik AG, where he’s a test engineer.
“People hardly ever venture out in winters and anyway, it’s not that easy to break into a circle,” he says.
“Swiss people are a little private that way.”
In 2013 he made his Swiss debut as an all-rounder with Berne Cricket Club.
“Finally something that made me feel at home,” says Mr Dhawan.
“I met guys who speak the native tongue, no matter whether that is English, or Punjabi, Hindi, or Urdu.”
He is now secretary and vice-captain - not to mention webmaster - of Berne Cricket Club.
His team, he says, has an Australian president, an Indian vice-president, and a Sri Lankan captain.
There are about six players from Pakistan, four or five from Afghanistan and one from New Zealand.
“And one Swiss,” says Mr Dhawan. The Swiss player had learnt the game whilst living in Australia.