There has some waxing and waning in playing numbers in the Maldives in recent years yet overall, since 2002 juniors playing the game have increased by over 100%. Particularly in the last two years as children and their schools have been inspired by the success of the senior team in ACC competition.
Such has been the surge in popularity that 15 teams took part in the recent Kruger Trink Fix School Cricket League on the islands, In three categories, U13, U15 and 15+, the formats ranged from 10-over tape ball cricket to 15-overs and Twenty20 hardball games. Kalaafaanu School won the U13 event, Muhyiddin School the U15 and CHSE the 15+ Championship.
|Kruger Trink Fix School Cricket U15 Champions Muhyiddin School|
“The great thing about Maldives Cricket is that they’re almost self-sustaining. There’s a lot of support for cricket in government circles and they have some strong sponsors involved. Things are progressing well and if they can play some tough, competitive cricket as a nation they’re going to improve,” says ACC Development Officer for the Maldives Rumesh Ratnayake.
The next event on the islands is the Nippon Paint Ramadan Cricket Carnival.
Pictures courtesy of www.maldivescricket.org
Maldives Cricket Profile
Filed July 23rd, 2012