Eight delegates from the Korea Cricket Associaton, Incheon Cricket Association, Incheon Sports Council and Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee were in Dhaka as guests of the Asian Cricket Council during the Micromax Asia Cup. “We invited them specifically so that they would be able to increase their understanding of all that happens on the field and behind the scenes of a major cricket event as Incheon prepares for the 2014 Asian Games,” says ACC Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Huq.

On the rest days Bangladesh Cricket Board officials took the delegation (IAGOC: Yoo Kyoo Lee, Chang Ho Ham; ISC: Kyu Seng Lee, ICA: Nam Ghi Kim, Nasir Khan; KCA: IR Fanghafoor, Kim SeoungChul, Lee Hwayeon) around Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium where the Micromax Asia Cup matches were being held so that the Koreans could see the inner workings of the television production, scoreboards and other systems. They were also taken to the BKSP (Bangladesh Institute of Sports) outside Dhaka to see the training facilities enjoyed by the local elite cricketers.

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And they had the opportunity to see five of the Micromax Asia Cup matches, including the epic Final. “It was a dream come true for us. To see the grounds full, everybody understanding and watching cricket and to feel the energy of a country for cricket was amazing. We were so happy and impressed and we understand that we have much to hope for when we have the cricket tournament in Incheon,” said Korea Cricket Association Secretary General Lee Hwaeyon.

The Incheon Asian Games run from September 19 to October 4, 2014. As in Guangzhou cricket will be a medal sport for men and women. Indications are that more than the 10 countries that competed in Guangzhou will be taking part in Incheon.

The Asian Cricket Council has no doubt that the Koreans, as with the Chinese, will create the best possible conditions for cricket at the Asian Games. To understand just what cricket means to the Asia outside of Korea is something they had not encountered until their visit to Dhaka and now that they have, it will undoubtedly encourage them to further raise their game.

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Filed April 5th, 2012