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THAILAND




Population: 67,741,401 (2014 estimate)
Population Aged 0-14: 17.6%
Men's Coach:
Men's Captain: Ryan Raina
Women's Coach:
Women’s captain: Sornnarin Tippoch
Clubs: 43
Grounds: 32
Turf wickets: 7
Playing Season: November to May

ACC Member since 1996
ACC Development Officer: Venkatapathi Raju

Winners, ACC Women's Premier 2014
Recent Achievements:
2012 Finalists, ACC U-19 Women’s Championship
2013 Winners, ACC Women’s Championship
2013 Shield Winners, ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifiers
2013 Winners, ICC Development Awards for Best Women's Cricket Initiative
2014 Winners, ACC Women's Premier
2014 Pepsi ICC Development Awards, Spirit of Cricket

Active Personnel qualified from ACC Courses:
Coaches: Level I and II – 76, Level III – 4
Umpires: Level I and II – 36, Level III – 5
Curators: Module I – 6; Module II – 1; Module III – 3; Advanced – 1

Thailand has progressed considerably since the ACC took an interest in them and they now stand as one of the true exemplars of cricket development. The game has spread across the large country, spreading out from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen in the north, Chonburi in the east and Phuket in the south. Cricket is now in 21 provinces across the country, with schools and universities involved. The National Championships for youths and seniors are expanding every year with cricket in 2014 a medal sport for the first time in the National Games.

The drivers of change may initially have been the Asian and Anglo-Antipodean expatriates but subsequent progress has all been due to the fact that once the game was taken to the indigenous population, Thai youth cricketing activity has flourished. Recent years have been the story of the indigenous Thais who have taken to the game in increasing numbers, with more than 11,000 juniors playing cricket at some level. These numbers have more than doubled since 2012. And of these Thais, the national women’s team has particularly shone. Winners of the ACC Women’s Championship at the start of the year won them a place at the Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier in Ireland in July where they beat Canada, Netherlands and Zimbabwe to finish a highly creditable fifth out of eight. This, it would be salutary to be reminded, from a team that was formed only in 2007.

Thailand’s women confirmed their prowess by winning the streamlined ACC Women’s Premier at the start of 2014. “They have a respect for the values of the game which is refreshing and true to what we believe to be the ‘Spirit of the Game’,” says Association Chief Executive Officer Mohideen Kader. The boys were good enough to be in the top six at the2014 ACC U-16 Premier League.

Greater exposure to competitive cricket will raise playing standards and allow them to climb the ACC tournament rankings where they are currently just outside the Elite group. “If cricket is to prosper in Thailand then it needs to develop the local cricketing human capital,” says Mr. Kader, “not just players but umpires and coaches too.”

The U-16s in Malaysia, August 2014

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