On land leased from a former cabinet Minister, the Cricket Association of Thailand finally have what they have wanted for a long time: their own ground in Bangkok. “It was getting to a stage where with so much training going on for the women’s team and the U-19s and the men’s senior teams, we needed a place for them to play as much as possible,” says Association Chief Executive and National Coach Mohideen Kader.

The Cricket Association of Thailand up to now has been exclusively reliant on hiring grounds across Bangkok for training and tournaments.

The picturesque site at Lard Krabang on the border of Bangkok and Samut Prakan province is near Suvarnabhumi Airport and beside both a cock-fighting arena (packed to the rafters on Sundays; the Minister is quite a fan) and a song-bird competition centre. Cricket, thus, literally occupies a place in between the two poles of the Thai character.

“We’ve used the same grass for the square as has been used for so many years at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club ground,” says Mr. Kader, “and everything’s in place for us to start playing in October as soon as the rainy season finishes.” The full-sized ground also has space for four nets with two turf and two artificial wickets. Dressing-rooms and a pavilion will also be built in readiness for the ground’s first international event, the ACC Trophy Challenge in December 2010. The ground is already being used on weekends for fielding practice by the national women’s and U-19 teams who stay in Bangkok in National Sports Authority accommodation.

Thong and Mohideen Kader, Lard Krabang August 2010

200 cubic metres of sand will go on the outfield to bring it into proper playing condition along with the construction of a 9-metre high chain-link fence to protect cars and passers-by. Thong the curator also teaches cricket at five nearby schools and the plan is for Lard Krabang to be used throughout the week for domestic cricket activity.

Thailand Cricket Profile

Filed August 16th, 2010