The Myanmar Cricket Federation has received government approval to build a dedicated cricket ground. The venue at Saw Pong, 15 kilometres from the centre of Yangon, is a former football ground. “It has a good water supply with a river next to it, and with improvements in stages should end up in being a full-sized international ground,” says ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura, who inspected the site earlier this year.

“A ground for cricket would be an undoubted advantage,” says MCF President U Nyunt Win, “at present training is hampered by poor conditions and our weather.” Right next to the Saw Pong field there is an indoor training facility which can be used for nets and physical conditioning. “Knowing that practise and play is possible when I call the players is a great help to me and to them,” says national coach Ashfaq-ul-Islam. “Even coming to the practises for the boys is not easy and once they are together we all want to be able to give them the best chance of playing cricket,” he adds.

ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura at Saw Pong flanked by Michael Moosajee, ground curator Maung Maung and Ashfaq-ul-Islam

Work is expected to start at the end of October and will commence with ground clearing and a wicket-square being made.

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Filed October 28th, 2010