With 4000 schoolchildren in cricket, the Board of Control for Cricket in Bhutan (BCCB) recently concluded its inaugural inter-school tournament in the class VI/VII (U13/U15) and VII/VIII (U15/U17) categories. Jigme Losel and Changgangka came out winners in their respective categories while Dechencholing were the winners in the girls U-19 group.

Bhutan’s Youth National Coach, Damber Singh Gurung was very pleased with the quality of cricket in the tournament.

The rapidly growing school cricket

“There were very entertaining games and this school tournament format is of great help in increasing the number of participants in the game. School cricket also assists in identifying future national players and our national U-19 women's team will be selected by the BCCB,” said Mr. Gurung. Bhutan hope to do well in the ACC U-19 Women’s Championship 2008.

Thirty of the best players from this tournament advance to training camps in July.

U-15 fielding drills

“We have around 800 students playing cricket in each of the five regions and that makes it 4000 children involved in one season. This is a very good sign for the growth of cricket here in Bhutan,” added Mr. Gurung.

The class X/XI and XI/XII tournament will start next month.

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Filed May 23, 2008