Population: 393,595 (2014 est.)
Population Aged 0-14: 21%
National Coach: Imad Ismail
National Captain: Abdulla Shahid
Cricket teams: 54
Grounds: 3
Turf wickets: 1
Women’s Cricket: No
Playing Season: February to December

ACC Member since 1996
ACC Development Officer: Venkatapathi Raju

Recent Achievements:

2011 Hosts, SAARC Twenty20 Cup
Personnel qualified from ACC Courses:
Coaches: Level I and II – 24, Level III – 2
Umpires: Level I and II – 16
Curators: Module I – 2, Module II – 3, Module III – 2, Advanced – 2
The fact that grass on this coral atoll is a rarity and that the land mass is so small and disparate are factors which the Cricket Board of Maldives have enthusiastically overcome. A nation where almost half the population are below 21, like Afghanistan and Bhutan, makes it a fertile place for the promotion of any sport. Cricket has caught on in recent years thanks to the reach of televised cricket from the subcontinent. And more importantly, the success of the national team in international competition. The age-group cricketers promise much and may indeed deliver on that promise in the next few years as their skills and competitive instincts develop.

Participation in the Asian Games of 2010 and 2014 was a tangible sign of growing confidence in their abilities. Cricket is the game to play now in the islands and sponsors and the media are increasingly behind the sport. Development has been managed well by the CBM and a new fully-turfed ground at Fuvahmulah has been paid for by the government.

The age-group cricketers promise much and may indeed deliver on that promise in the next few years as their skills and competitive instincts develop. The Cricket Board of Maldives have spread their net to include 50-and 40-over domestic cricket tournaments, a men’s T20 event, a school cricket league and cup, an 11-team youth tournament, a 24-team Tape Ball tournament, a corporate tournament as well as an inter-resort event. There are also school cricket develop programs running across the atolls. Regular tours are conducted by academies and clubs to Sri Lanka.

The school events create an opportunity for young cricketers to test themselves, the corporate events ensure that a significant number of employers are supporters of cricket and the international events give the whole nation a channel to focus their energies. Increasingly difficult to beat, they are a potentially dangerous side as their defeat of Singapore in the 2013 ACC Twenty20 Cup showed.

Abdulla Shahid At the 2014 ACC Elite League in Singapore

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