March 24, 2008

Thailand

Chiang Mai Sixes come of age

Martin Williamson

The Bangkok Post reports on the forthcoming Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes which takes place for the 21st time between March 30 and April 5.

In the first week of April, 36 men’s teams and four women’s sides from 13 countries will meet to play cricket and enjoy the warm welcome that Chiang Mai provides to its visitors. There will also be a large number of local junior squads taking part again this year.

One thing makes the Chiang Mai Sixes different from other sporting events held in Thailand - the tournament is run by a large group of dedicated volunteers who work for free and all proceeds go towards developing cricket at the junior level among Thai children in local schools in Chiang Mai and nearby areas. One of the highlights in the men’s competition this year will be an all-Thai team who learned the game in the junior cricket program in Chiang Mai.

Entries to the tournament have flooded in this year and teams from Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, England, Greece, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, the UAE and Vietnam will be in action. Individual players are also coming from a number of other countries, including India, Sri Lanka, the US, Belgium and Zimbabwe, just to name a few.

The Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes will be held from March 29 to April 5 at the historic 110-year-old Chiengmai Gymkhana Club ground in the heart of the northern capital. Play starts at 8.30am every day and finishes late in the afternoon. Admission is free, a wide variety of food is available and the Boundary Bar opens early and is one of the best places to watch the action.

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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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