The Myanmar Cricket Federation have hosted their first international tour. Hong Kong’s Craigengower Cricket Club have been on a three-match tour of the country, taking in two games against the Myanmar national side. Hong Kong Cricket Association President Rodney Miles was part of the touring side and says, “the enthusiasm of the Myanmar cricketers was outstanding, they had the ‘spirit of cricket’. The immense amount of time and effort put in by our hosts to make the fixtures possible was much appreciated and the Myanmar side is a good one.”

Good enough, in fact to push the Hong Kong league side hard in the first 35-over game before beating them in the Twenty20 played next. “We were a strong side, with some good cricketers,” says Mr. Miles. Craigengower’s tour was set up over the year by a Chinese businessman who travels between Hong Kong and Myanmar and the Hong Kong Club look forward to hosting the Myanmarese in due course, as well as making a return visit in a couple of years’ time.

The cricketing community in Myanmar worked extremely hard to prepare the Saw Pong ground for the Craigengower fixtures, which came so soon after the end of the monsoon season

The Myanmar national side had six U-19 cricketers who will be featuring in the ACC U-19 Challenge in December. ACC Development Officer for Myanmar Aminul Islam had a chance to see them in action in the week before the Craigengower fixtures and was impressed by the work done by them and coach Ashfaq-ul-Islam Bappy. “Myanmar have a good chance to push ahead now and start winning matches against some other ACC Affiliates, the Saw Pong ground is developing well and the administrators are doing all they can to support the cricket,” says Aminul.

“We welcomed the chance to play in Myanmar,” says Mr. Miles, “cricket is all about making new connections and testing yourself. The ground was more than good, albeit with the wicket playing a little slow, with a fine clubhouse ” Myanmar, isolated from cricket, isolated from the world for so long, has started its journey up the global ladder.

Myanmar Cricket Profile

Filed October 17th, 2013