|Nima’s Thinley Tenzin and Kencho Norbu|
Nima Higher Secondary School have won the 2009 U-19 Boys Tournament in Thimphu, Bhutan. They upset favourites Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School in the Final, winning the 30-overs a side match by 10 runs.
ACC Development Officer Rumesh Ratnayake who was coaching in Thimphu in the run-up to the Final, was at the game and was impressed by the quality of players on view. “A lot of the players are in the national age-group squads and there are one or two who really have a lot of potential. Not only have the days when Bhutan was just making up the numbers gone, I think Bhutan are now on the way to getting and cementing a place in the Elite group of ACC countries.”
|Rumesh Ratnayake (far right, blue shirt) in Thimphu, October 2009|
At Challenge Level (below Elite) Bhutan have been ACC U-15, U-19, senior team ACC Trophy Finalists in recent years, which elevated them into the respective Elite groupings in subsequent competitions. Though they lost their place in the U-19 Elite Group this year, they are a side which cannot be underestimated. And they have a decent women’s side too.
“Up against the Middle East teams, Bhutan tends to be outmuscled and outfought just because they aren’t used to that kind of one-on-one intensity but I believe that is all going to change as domestic cricket in Bhutan gets more competitive,” says the ACC Development Officer.
Pictures courtesy of Tashi Phuntsho
Filed Oct 7th, 2009