ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam has completed a four-day visit to Brunei where he worked with both the Under-16 and senior teams as well as local coaches. The Under-16 team are preparing for the upcoming ACC U-16 Challenge Cup in Malaysia in July and the focus is on helping school coaches develop the Under-16 team. Mr. Islam also conducted basic coaching sessions for the seniors and says that “positive things are happening in Brunei”.

With Brunei’s 2010 cricket season starting this week, Mr. Islam’s fourth visit to the Sultanate focussed on player development. He held sessions with the players on warm-ups and stretching, both practical and theoretical. “Brunei’s players are gradually improving but the numbers playing need to increase”, said Mr. Islam. Brunei’s league consists of ten teams, two who have newly entered, and the games are held every Sunday. In the league, teams play three different formats; T20, 50-over and Brunei Cricket has also introduced a new 12-over format.

“Brunei’s facilities are very limited and to work with what they have is commendable. Two nets are not nearly enough. What they need is a proper ground to accommodate the budding talent that they have. With every visit I can see that there is an increase in interest from the local people. They want to play cricket.”

Cricket has already been introduced into the school system with eight primary schools already forming a cricket team. Mr. Islam has commended the Brunei Darussalam Cricket Association (BDCA) for all their hard work and now three more schools; Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College (Maktab Sains), Sultan Saiful Rijal Technical College (MTSSR) and the Berakas Sixth Form Centre, have also begun to put together teams.

"We want to increase player numbers by getting more schools to introduce cricket as part of their co-curriculum activity. We want the next Bruneian superstar athlete to be a cricketer," he added.

Brunei Cricket Profile

Filed Feb 25th, 2010