The ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura has completed an inspection of Myanmar’s new cricket ground, Saw Pong. Work had started prior to his arrival, the outfield being raised and partially levelled along with the wicket square being dug and drainage systems being established. “There’s still a long way to go and it’s a race against time to plant the grass seedlings before the monsoon season but so far mostly so good,” says the Development Manager.

A year after his initial visit, during his five days spent on site Mr. Warnapura spoke to local contractors and discussed with Myanmar Cricket Federation (MCF) officials whether the full wicket area should be completed as an actual grass wicket or an artificial ‘one pitch’ wicket. The decision will be made depending on the feasibility of the two samples of clay available, one from a nearby river bank, the other from further afield.

The U-19 cricketers will be training on the outfield as soon as it is ready, in preparation for the ACC U-19 Challenge Cup in the middle of the year. There will also be a two-storied pavilion on site.

All the mechanized equipment has yet to be purchased by the MCF and a permanent curator and groundsmen to be hired. With it being Myanmar things are, by quite some way, more difficult than other countries to get done, nevertheless “there are enough committed MCF people who can work to get this project complete,” says Mr. Warnapura. The dream of the MCF President U Nyunt Win is to have a stadium in Myanmar fit for domestic and international cricket, “if nothing is allowed to disturb the master plan of the complete project then everything should be ready by the latter half of the year,” says the ACC Development Manager.

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Filed March 8th, 2011