July 5, 2010

South-east Asia

Cricket to feature in South-East Asian Games 2011

Tony Munro

Cricket will be played for the first time at the South-east Asian Games in 2011 in Indonesia as a demonstration sport .

Six sides featuring the national teams from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Myanmar and Indonesia will contest a Twenty20 tournament, although as a demonstration sport medals will not be at stake. Cricket Indonesia official, Prakash Vijaykumar, said it was likely the cricket event would be staged in Jakarta.

Vijaykumar said local Indonesian stations normally telecast the SEA Games, and it was likely feeds would be provided to the other visiting countries, including Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Timor-Leste and Vietnam which won't be taking part in the cricket event. Laos and Timor-Leste are the only countries taking part in the SEA Games which do not have cricket clubs.

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Posted by hammad on (August 2, 2010, 17:01 GMT)

hmmm thaz good newa we all have to suport this for the game of cricket and the game we love the most good luck,,,,

Posted by Ex Administrator on (July 19, 2010, 15:26 GMT)

Bureaucracy in Asian cricket....arrgh never!! :) Regardless, good to see cricket growing albeit slowly within the locals in these countries as I understand players in these games must be all nationals holding a passport of their respective nation which they are playing for. No expats.

Posted by E P MURALI on (July 17, 2010, 8:13 GMT)

Cricket should be spread all over the world. It should content with only 10 or 12 test playing nations. Like foot ball world cub the cricket world cup should be played between 30 or more countries.

Cricket should be part of the Olympics, Asian, Commonwealth etc.,

For world cup (50/50 or 20/20 international), besides the Test Playing nations the top 4 teams from Oceania, Asia, Africa, America (North & South) & Europe should take part that will be real world cup.

Posted by Jashan on (July 7, 2010, 16:43 GMT)

If 20 20 is a form that will drive cricket then why it shouldn't be used. Test Cricket will never fade because as true Cricket Loving nation and playing it, we know that it is the pure form of cricket.

Cricket should spread around the world. With people picking up this game and playing it, they themselves will appreciate cricket. Test Cricket is such an addiction if u have played cricket

Posted by Boris on (July 7, 2010, 3:33 GMT)

Cricket should never be in the Olympics. I'm a very strong supporter of cricket growth, but this sort of growth is the wrong sort. As soon as you offer an Olympic sport, no matter what, it becomes the pinnacle of that sport. Twenty20s are the only form you can play at the Olympics due to time constraints, and do you really want T20s to become the pinnacle of all cricketers? Tests and ODIs would diminish because there is no point playing them if you can't represent your country on the greatest stage of all. Cricket should stay out of the Olympics, T20s are a fad and are losing popularity very quickly. It would be terrible to see it in the Olympics, what would be the point of the World Cups then? The Champions Trophy? Any other trophy? if you have the Olympic Gold.

This move to have it in the SEA Games is one step towards it, more or less a trial. I hope for the sake of cricket that it doesn't work.

Posted by Tom Mather on (July 6, 2010, 16:09 GMT)

It'll be interesting to see how Indonesia do against the Asian sides and we'll be able to judge their level of ability a bit better

Posted by Tom on (July 6, 2010, 15:32 GMT)

Michael,

Singapore, and Malaysia will walk all over the other four. Indonesia and Thailand will walk all over Brunei and Myanmar. No even matches here.

Posted by John Biddle on (July 6, 2010, 3:38 GMT)

Tony, some cricket is played in Vientiane in Laos, and those involved are starting the process of forming into clubs and getting an association formed and recognised by the National Sports Committee. Some bureaucracy goes with the territory I'm afraid. May not be ready for the 2013 games, but one day!

Posted by Michael Perera on (July 5, 2010, 21:12 GMT)

Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Myanmar and Indonesia? Well, at least they'll be evenly matched.

Posted by Jashan on (July 5, 2010, 14:03 GMT)

Great news for Cricket. Good to see cricket being acknowledged around the world. Just waiting for the time when cricket becomes the part of Olympics. This will really help cricket spread around. BCCI should learn and send a team for the Asian Games. If not India then at least India A or India U 21. If not for medal then at least for love of the game. After all game is game not money

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