U-15, U-17 and U-19 cricketers were in attendance at the Bhutan cricket ground in Thimpu when Roger Binny, the ACC Development Officer for the country paid a visit at the start of October.

He spent three days at the ground and another two days in the Board of Control for Cricket in Bhutan’s offices on budget utilization strategies.

Roger Binny commented approvingly on how “well organised the programs are by their coaches and how very closely they follow the coaching manuals of the ACC. Their children are very keen and serious on the game.”

Indeed, even though the seniors took a hammering in the recently concluded ACC Trophy and their age-group cricketers too, find the going tough in international competition, we have all observed a steady rate of growth in their cricketing abilities since their initial emergence.

It is still a minority sport in Bhutan, but the ones who do play cricket “do so with the right spirit and considerable enthusiasm” said Roger Binny. “They see a lot of cricket on television I’d like to see them organise more tournaments for school-children and they need a full-time coach to work with them.”

Advancing into the future

Filed October 9 2006

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