July 4, 2010

Korea

Cricket expands its horizons in South Korea

Tony Munro

A boom in player numbers has resulted in a record number of teams playing in this year's Seoul competition and the likely creation of the country's first league outside Seoul.

Such is the demand, Korea Cricket Association officials had originally omitted three teams. However, the unexpected acquisition of a second ground at Ajou University in Suwon has allowed all 13 teams to play.

KCA official, Daami Cagney, attributed the increase to several factors: "2009 saw a lot more awareness of cricket in Korea through several events throughout last year - the Sixes tournament, junior coaching clinics as well as elementary and high school clinics. There are also more ex-pats living in South Korea than ever before, and the network is likewise expanding - information gets around."

Ulsan, on the southern coast, is likely to become the second city in South Korea next year to have its own competition. "A group of mostly expats with some Koreans have been playing cricket for several years in the Gyoungsangname province, mostly out of the city of Ulsan. The standard has mostly been 'backyard' or 'street' cricket. The plan is that they take this year to sort things out, develop an appropriate organisational structure, and commence a competition next year," Cagney said.

The KCA’s attempts to build on the progress achieved last year in junior development through visits to elementary and high schools in the Seoul/ Gyounggi Province region will only be slowed temporarily for the football World Cup.

"Interest from organisations at the junior level has faltered somewhat in the lead-up to the World Cup, which stops the nation every four years. From what we have observed, cricket is not the only sport that suffers during this period. However, from the end of the summer vacation in August, there will be a drive to boost cricket's awareness even more. This drive will target local sports academies and schools, and will be pitched as not just sport, but a 'cultural/ language' experience - the idea being the obsession of English language education may be a good way to give younger students an opportunity to experience cricket." Cagney said

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Posted by Nitin on (September 30, 2010, 6:52 GMT)

Very plesent news that cricket is making its presence all over the world. Like to see SK team participating in big tournaments. I think ICC also should arange some international match in SK, this will make them understand the cricket in better way and also got the chance to see the BIG names of cricketers playing in SKoria. There are now so many clubs also, they should also play cricket in countries like SK, Japan, Figi, USA so that crickets of these countries will have better understanding about the game. I would love to see something like IPL or CLT20 cricket match here. All the Best SK.

Posted by Chamath.N on (September 24, 2010, 17:06 GMT)

Very glad to hear about it . All the best hope u S.koreans make it to the world stage.

Posted by abid surati on (September 24, 2010, 10:35 GMT)

I am happy to know that soccer loving country have intrest in cricket.physically sc players are verry strong.so within the 10 years they r power house of cricket.

Posted by sk. farid on (September 14, 2010, 7:07 GMT)

I am very pleased that kca is want to be a criket glorious country. best of luck for korea.

Posted by J. Shanghai on (July 8, 2010, 10:31 GMT)

Tell me about going mad about something... That's what happen when Krispy Kreme started in Seoul! I hope we'll take part in their sixes soon though...we have one yearly in Shanghai, I believe one of the university there came over once for our tournament...

Posted by shaen on (July 5, 2010, 10:58 GMT)

Yes, very interesting. Those S Koreans really get behind things sometimes and go mad about them. I hope cricket is one of them. Good luck to you all.

Posted by vinay kumar singh on (July 4, 2010, 23:11 GMT)

it is great to see that cricket is expanding in south korea.it is good for globelization of cricket.

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