Thailand starts its second National Youth Cricket Championship this January with more teams and more players than before. Two more provinces are fielding teams compared to last year's Inaugural Event with 15 U-19 men's and women's teams in total. "This year there are almost 40% more cricketers taking part this year," says Cricket Association of Thailand Chief Executive Mohideen Kader.

Bangkok again plays host to the 240 cricketers taking part from Bangkok (defending women's champions), Chantaburi, Chiang Mai (defending men's champions), Khonkaen, Phetchabun, Sisaket, Supanburi, Uttaradit provinces. And of the 30 officiating at the Championships, all are Thai nationals that have passed through ACC Level I and II Umpiring Programs, among whom are a number of national team players. "The aim of this exercise is to promote the development of local cricket resources," says Mr. Kader who, along with a select few, pioneered the taking of cricket out of Bangkok to the rest of Thailand little more than 10 years ago.

For any developing country to have a national championships is a good thing, for a country of the size of Thailand to have a truly national championships is an even better thing.

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Filed January 5th, 2011