December 17, 2006

Thailand

Trouble in Thailand

Martin Williamson

As cricket develops in new countries, true cricket lovers take great pleasure in seeing young cricketers improve their skills. However, in the last few months, a coup of another kind has happened in Thai cricket.

In the last month, there was an AGM of the Thai Cricket Association. The incumbent president, a prominent businessman, had been in the role for a considerable time, and the clubs thought it time for a change in direction at the top to push cricket development forward.

Thai cricket is spread throughout the country, clubs dominate the scene in Bangkok, but youth development is flourishing in the provinces. It was believed that a new strategy to pull the organisation together and push it forward was needed.

The vote was held, a new face was elected to head up the organisation, all seemed well. Unbeknown to the voting clubs and the committee, the incumbent chairman had registered another "dummy" committee consisting of his family, and employees with the government authorities. The vote had been a farce, and the incumbent appears to want to be president forever in defiance of the vote. Being a member of a prominent sports club in Bangkok, it is now also a case of I bring the pitch, so I am captain.

Interestingly this appears to be supported by the ACC for some strange reason.

Cricket is a developing sport in this part of the world, and without legitimate structures and organisations will never move forward correctly. For the volunteers and donors who support the cricket in Thailand this is a complete slap in the face. However, when one sees the farce that the ICC has created in Zimbabwe, I don't expect a good outcome for a minnow like Thailand in terms of governance and organisation.

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Posted by marklatham on (April 21, 2010, 4:47 GMT)

Can someone bring us up to date with the current state of play in thai cricket-any resolution yet?

Posted by Robor on (July 14, 2009, 12:59 GMT)

Thanks for article. Everytime like to read you. Robor

Posted by Saurooon on (July 7, 2009, 8:13 GMT)

Greatings, Thanks for article. Everytime like to read you.

Posted by Eremeeff on (June 24, 2009, 22:41 GMT)

Hi, I have already seen it somethere... Eremeeff

Posted by Nadine on (May 14, 2009, 16:35 GMT)

Interesting, I`ll quote it on my site later. Have a nice day Nadine

Posted by Charlie on (April 20, 2009, 16:32 GMT)

Amazing! Not clear for me, how offen you updating your blogs.cricinfo.com. Thanks Charlie

Posted by Keith on (December 7, 2007, 13:48 GMT)

There were no differences to patch up.

It was a plain case of deceit, lies and being a sore loser from one side. He lost, another won. Simple but he who lost did not want to go and was backed by a wrong doer in a higher position above. No differences to settle is what I take from reading this.

Sad , very sad and maybe it is a case of trying to be important when one is not.....

Posted by Gorden on (November 27, 2007, 9:47 GMT)

I am with Harry.People should not misuse media for their own selfish cause.The whole story was about power and posts.Since they have patched up their differences and league starts soon,the problems will bury soon.yes,communication should never stop or else things will be difficult."There is no business on a dead planet" So let them work it out to the best of their abilities.We will see a lot of cricket here.

Posted by Concerned on (November 26, 2007, 10:50 GMT)

People keep saying all this flowery stuff about peace and harmony, but may I ask what exactly is happening in Bangkok at the moment? What sort of agreement have BCL and CAT reached? Is there going to be 1 league or 2? When does/do the league/leagues start?

All this is happening while today the Thailand U-15s lost by 10 wickets to the Oman U-15s in Nepal. Quite pathetic in my opinion!

Posted by Harry on (November 26, 2007, 8:06 GMT)

Thanks for your above mentioned editorial response. We appreciate it.We are general cricketers in Bangkok. We see media as constructive force rather than destructive agent.A lot of people who have personal problems are using pen instead of fists or guns to settle their scores. Why make media the culprit??You do not know the real picture of the episode and development here.You believe anyone who is good in this art of convincing people and writing..We appreciate your sympathy with such people or so called victims.

We used to think the same way as you but after knowing few good things,we started to be neutral and tried to fill this communication gap.

We are the people with positive mind.We know if we keep fighting,we do not know when to start and have a better tomorrow.There are problems every where in this world and we cannot settle them at will.Big ego is the greatest culprit to overcome problems.

Past is past in Bangkok.At this moment we have a few good positive minded people here in Bangkok and we are sure good things will happen in future.

Any agitating blogs can make things go backwards. Any way,this is your business.So you decide. God bless us all and help us with wisdom. I am sure wisdom is not sold in the market.You will agree with us that Wars are fought on ground but peace is achieved on table.

You can always contact me at my above given e-mail.

Harry

EDITORIAL RESPONSE Harry, the email you provided is not recognised.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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