"It's a revolution in Thailand," says Cricket Association of Thailand Chief Executive Mohideen Kader. Cricket is now firmly established as a part of the Thai sporting landscape with its introduction into the 10,000 athlete, 30-event National Youth Games currently going on in Phetchabun province in north-central Thailand. "There's been tremendous interest from Thai TV and journalists in cricket and even on our rest-day the organisers have asked us to play a demonstration game and run a coaching session so that more people can get to see cricket," adds Mr. Kader. Eighty children who had never before played cricket took part in the coaching, attended to by national players John Hottinger and Noppon Senamontree.
11 men’s and 9 women’s teams applied to take part in this year’s Youth Games, the organisers ultimately limiting the teams to twelve. “Next time in Uttaradit in 2012 there’ll be even more, with the added advantage that the host province has to field a team, meaning that cricket will have gone to another new place,” says the CAT Chief Executive.
Thailand Cricket Profile
Filed March 24th, 2010