April 27, 2007


Indonesia aims to broaden cricket's appeal

Martin Williamson

The Indonesian cricket board has announced an ambitious US$200,000 three-year development programme aimed at spreading the game outside its traditional base of expats.

A report in The Jakarta Post quoted Cricket Indonesia chairman Sachin Gopalan, who said that the campaign would target "individuals and middle-sized companies who are interested in the development of cricket in Indonesia. The idea is to prove to those involved in cricket development that this program is a serious and long-term one.”

Board secretary Prakash Vijaykumar said that the association was planning to publicise the game across the country. “We are starting to introduce the sport in new areas in cooperation with National Sports Council provincial chapters in places such as Banten, Riau, East Kalimantan, Yogyakarta and Surabaya. We want to transform cricket into a popular sport for Indonesian people.”


Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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Posted by V. Srinivasan on (March 11, 2009, 10:34 GMT)

As a indian, i never thought such a support giving by indonesians for this cricket. Sooner the later it is also a cricket loving country after india and pakistan.

Posted by V. Srinivasan on (March 11, 2009, 10:32 GMT)

In Indonesia, cricket is growing rapidly. We are having 11 teams playing official cricket in Indonesia. It is really a fun and i never thought such a support giving by this Indonesian people. Jakarta cricket association is doing wonderful job for spreading this cricket in this part of the world. All the best to ICC and JCA.

Posted by Humxa Khan on (June 7, 2008, 9:50 GMT)

cricket in Indonesia is growing rapidly, n its a good sign for d cricketing world, however it would be appreciated more, if more concentration is paid on the U-19 level of players rather than specific leagues...

Posted by C M Singh on (April 5, 2008, 14:13 GMT)

I alongwith my team (Indian) working in Sumatra Barat, want to join hand in spreading Cricket in this Country, but how?

Posted by Joseph Jacob on (September 1, 2007, 9:46 GMT)

well...this action is for a good cause or the cricket lovers in indonesia...would love to see the big change...good luck ppl...

Posted by seema sunghay on (May 16, 2007, 6:47 GMT)

Its just wonderful to see Cricket growing in this part of the world ...M sure it is a lot of hard work ...Good luck to all involved in developing cricket in Indonesia

Posted by Declan Laginestra on (May 1, 2007, 5:38 GMT)

I want to see Indonesia just give cricket a go and see if they do well. Cricket needs to be more global and this will definitely help build the game around the world.

Posted by jay laginestra on (April 30, 2007, 21:34 GMT)

this is a good idea i think a lot of people may want to see Indonesia in the next World cup

Posted by Anam Arsalan on (April 30, 2007, 16:44 GMT)

Perfect, that should be the spirit; I just hope the plan takes off…

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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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