December 8, 2007


Singapore trio head to Perth

Will Luke

Three Singapore cricketers are off to Perth in Australia to fast-track their improvement.

Chetan Suryawanshi, Shoib Razzak and Pramodh Raja will play in the Western Australian Cricket Association League until early March, before returning to the local league.

Suryawanshi and Shoib will start off in Grade 2, while Raja will play Grade 3.

In June, in another of its overseas exposure programmes, the SCA sent seven players to Chennai, India, for a 10-day training course.

'We are committed to raising the standard of the national team, and one of the best ways is to send them off to Australia, where the competition is stiff,'' said Singapore Cricket Association deputy president Mahmood Gaznavi, who also chairs the development committee.

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Posted by mary cady on (January 23, 2008, 12:42 GMT)

Im from singapore and I live in australia. My son plays cricket for western suburbs cricket club in Newcastle, australia. He is 15yrs old and plays in the under 16/17 1st division team. much more could be done in singapore to assist in the great sport of cricket

Posted by Arjun Chaudhuri on (December 12, 2007, 5:23 GMT)

In spite of having a large number of expatriates from Test playing nations like India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and being located a stone’s throw from the Indian subcontinent, Singapore hasn’t yet been able to make a dent in the international cricketing scenario.

The Singapore Cricket Association’s initiative in giving quality exposure to talented local young cricketers is definitely laudable in this regard. The SCA should now approach the booming business enterprises for greater sponsorship to set the country abuzz with cricket. With such futuristic actions, Singapore cricket should soon have more things to cheer about, apart from witnessing Sanath Jayasuriya’s ballistic batting at Padang in the mid-1990s.

Posted by R Sivasubramaniam on (December 8, 2007, 15:16 GMT)

The Singapore Cricket Association (SCA) must be congratulated in taking the initiative to send promosing cricketers on overseas training stints. In this they have been encouraged by the fact that the Singapore Under-15 team had a similar stint in Perth and won the ACC Under-15 Championships held in Nepal earlier this month. The SCA could easaily send more players but are hampered by a lack of funds. It would be very much appreciated if Commercial Enterprises in the Republic could sponsor players. A wider pool of players exposed to training in the tough Australian conditions would certainly enable our players to do even better and hopefully qualify forthe 2011 Ceicket World Cup. Sivasubramaniam

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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