Phuket is to have its own cricket ground. Work starts on the 16,000 sq metre site in June. The multi-purpose facility will have an Astroturf wicket and a two-story clubhouse and aims to host regular Phuket league matches. In March 2012, Phuket will host the Thai National Youth Cricket Championship.

Phuket’s Somrak Pansakun, National Youth Cricket Championship Player of the Tournament
The ground’s development is being funded by expatriate Englishman Alan Cooke MBE, who has for the past six years been the main sponsor of cricket on the island. “They’re making an effort in Phuket which is good to see,” says Cricket Association of Thailand Chief Executive Mohideen Kader. Phuket fielded a men’s team in cricket event at the National Youth Games and there are encouraging signs that cricket is being taken up by schools on the south-western Thai island. 15-year old Somrak Pansakun of Phuket was the Boys’ Player of the Tournament at the 2011 National Youth Championship with 76 runs and 5 wickets in his three matches.

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Filed May 31st, 2011