November 2, 2007

Thailand

Bangkok league victim of Thai power game

Martin Williamson

Thailand may be a cricketing backwater, but the game these has a decent foothold and it also attracts touring sides to the prestigious Chaing Mai Sixes.

However, the national board continues to attract much criticism and that is now spilling over into the country’s main competition, the Bangkok Cricket League, which is due to start its new season this month.

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Posted by Bangkok cricketer on (November 17, 2007, 5:18 GMT)

How much cricket do you guys play?Why keep fighting?Sports is for relaxation and recreation.I understand your passion for cricket.Once cricket goes to your blood streams,it just rules.You can never stop your love for this game.If Peace cannot be made by good ways,diplomatic ways then you must stand together to fight.Stand against the non-ethical governing bodies.Start the revolt.Remove both the factions and set up new stream of leaders who can take good care of you guys.Get together your strength.You are the players.You have the democratic right to govern yourselves.If teams not there,there will be no association,no chairman,no league coordinator.Forget them.

Why respect these power hungry people who have their own motives.Stupid ACC/ICC does not care for your plight.Killing cricket game here,does not bother these people who have ego problems.There are many school and universities who have grounds here.May be smaller in size but still good enough to play some cricket.No need to beg to these tyrants.Selfish and stupid personalities.

Posted by EDITORIAL COMMENT on (November 16, 2007, 7:16 GMT)

There have been a number of racist comments submitted of late and these will simply not be published so please don't bother sending them. We welcome people expressing opinions but that does not extend to abuse.

Posted by Peter Goodchap on (November 15, 2007, 11:52 GMT)

I have just moved away from Thailand, and I was involved in cricket heavily, and I know exactly what is going on. It is certainly a mixture of Thais and farangs needed to run cricket, not just one group. It is because the Indians have wanted to control it totally that we are in this position.

Posted by sharma on (November 15, 2007, 7:46 GMT)

Well Peter, U r right.Many Thais of both origins - Real Thai and Indian Thai and may be a farang Thai. Come to Thailand, change nationality and we might vote for you too.

Posted by INFORMATION on (November 15, 2007, 4:35 GMT)

What is happening in Thailand cricket? Have you reached any conclusions to your problems? Any peace or compromise? Do you think boys will be able to play some cricket? Please update the cricket community here in Bangkok. Also please define positions and portfolios in CAT and BCL. Now it is time to know what is going on and who is who. Cricketers in Bangkok have all rights to know the working style of CAT and BCL. We want to know the names of committee member in CAT board, national selection board, name of national coach and other coaches, facilities available for cricketers, league schedules, grounds available. Mind you it is time to update information.

Posted by Peter Goodchap on (November 15, 2007, 2:29 GMT)

Well everybody, the answer is simple. Ravi Sehgal needs to resign from the CAT as he has disgraced Thailand in world cricket.

Get a Thai national who has the interest to run cricket, and ensure the people who want to help are utilised.

Not rocket science, just plain common sense.

For those of you who are saying "There are no Thai's to run cricket", well that is certainly not the case, there are a number of them whom I know would do a great job.

Why not put pressure on the CAT to get their act together and help cricket, and that way you will find that the BCL will just be a part of CAT and run by them in the best way to help cricket in the country.

Posted by fools on (November 14, 2007, 6:32 GMT)

Why are we made fools by CAT and BCL? This year no 20/20,no 6's and no league matches? Your fights against each other has nothing to do with us. We are general cricketers who want to enjoy few games a year after paying our league fees.CAT gets money from ACC and do nothing at all.BCL takes money but pays to CAT for grounds.CAT charges more than RBSC charges them for the ground facility. What is happening? Making profits from our hard earned money? Why you guys treat us like step mother?? Come to your senses boys!

Stop making fools out of us. Once you all were together and now divorced. But we have to suffer because of your feud.

Posted by Dear Sir on (November 13, 2007, 23:06 GMT)

You have misunderstood the previous entry prior to yours, the grounds are not available yet. Not being available is far different from not having a ground.As it is said, the grounds are being used for other purposes taking precedence over the league at the moment and once these prior commitments are done, then the league will start.

It has got nothing to do with dreams and ideas, just plain logic and patience as the entry suggests. How can a game be played when the field is not even ready yet? How can a game be played when the field is being occupied by another sport or the National Juniors are using it?

Posted by Cricketer on (November 13, 2007, 16:27 GMT)

Nobody is ignorant here! I know what is happening with Thailand Cricket. Organising Cricket includes organising grounds as well. If you don't have a ground, better organise it first. Otherwise, you are killing the Cricket in Thailand. Or else smartly talk to the people who have grounds with them. Just don't keep showing dreams of making grounds. I am sure, not many of us have the money power to own a ground!!

Posted by Patient Cricketer on (November 13, 2007, 11:10 GMT)

Hey Cricketer, you must be ignorant to the present situation or simply not be interested about knowing the facts. You tell all where BCL can play and they will play. Polo grounds are not available yet due to other sports being played presently as well as the Thai U15 team need it for warm up games prior to t he upcoming tournament in Nepal, AIT is getting ready for the ACC U15 Tournament and is not able to be played on yet so....where do they start? Maybe your team may want to travel to Chiang Mai for a game or does your team have a ground free yet?

All productive suggestions are welcome and a small amount of patience my fellow cricketer!

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