May 27, 2008

Thailand

Youngsters provide the foundation

Martin Williamson

The Bangkok Post has reported on the state of cricket in the Thailand, quoting the board’s Mohideen Kader.

“While many Thai youngsters are getting latched on to the game, Thailand is now busy preparing to stage three Asian tournaments, including an Asian Women's competition in which an all Thai team will take part,” he said. “The tourneys are being lined up to be held before the end of the year. They include an Under-17 boys competition, a seniors tournament, in which Thais and sons of expatriates (who have the required residential qualifications according ICC rules) will take part.”

''The progress achieved in spreading cricket in the Kingdom has been tremendous,'' said Kader. ''Girls from schools and universities have taken to the game.” The paper estimates there are 2800 cricketers in the country

“Encouraged by the development of cricket, we have schools which have included cricket in their curriculum,'' said Kader. ''That's the exciting keenness which has been created for the sport. It is true we cannot create champions overnight but step by step, cricket is being embraced by Thais.”

There are two grounds in Chiang Mai and three turf pitches in Bangkok, with the possibility of a fourth being set up at Thammasat University.

RELATED LINKS

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

RSS Feeds: Martin Williamson

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by Diaz on (February 2, 2009, 6:45 GMT)

Dear Keen Cricketer, Few things that we do not have in Thai Cricket.

1)Who is the CAT chairman?

2)Who is the national coach or other coaches here training Thai squad?

3)Where do they get the training?How is this training carried on?

4)What is the process of selection of a National Squad?Where do these boys come from?( Not all those old fallas who played recently)

5)DO the different clubs get a chance to forward their best players to the National side or is it only RBSC ?

So many questions.We are sure we will never get the answers.Things are kept closed behind the door.The end is near and people who are responsible(if there is any one around) have never been seen around.

Posted by KeenCricketer on (January 28, 2009, 8:54 GMT)

The recent ACC tournament has shown that Thailand Cricket is going nowhere. The Thai national team lost to Bhutan, an ICC affiliate without a proper cricket ground, in the semi finals.

Sources within local cricket circles say that the National side was hurriedly assembled, not trained properly, lacked a proper coach, and had selection issues until the last minute.

As an associate member of the ICC, Thailand should be expected to defeat teams such as Bhutan, and the Maldives however, there seem to be no signs of this happening anytime soon. If the National Side continues to prepare, be prepared, and perform in such a unprofessional, and dismal fashion, they will be losing to sides like Bhutan, who are improving all the time, more heavily in the future.

Posted by Diaz on (November 5, 2008, 15:53 GMT)

Hallo keen crickter, Do not believ what you hear.Dumb CAT never speak any thing.They were building stadium in sukhumwit,money was pocketed,mislead ACC and nothing happened.Come to Bangkok.Play at Harrow and AIT.You will be happy indeed.

Posted by Local Keen Cricketer on (July 3, 2008, 16:44 GMT)

Great news to hear. Where is the 3rd turf wicket in Bangkok? One is at RBSC and the Polo club so it is good to hear abouta 3rd but where is it? Is cricket being played at Rayong and if it is, can someone let me know where.

Comments have now been closed for this article

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.

All articles by this writer