|The pocket-sized playing area in Bhutan’s capital Thimphu|
The Bhutan Cricket Council Board (BCCB) is taking cricket into four more districts in the country, Wangdue and Punakha in the centre, Sarpang in the south and Paro in the east. The project aims to build ground and net facilities.
For all of Bhutan’s promising performances at ACC Challenge level (finalists in recent U-15, U-19 and Trophy events ) when they have come up against Elite level competition they have struggled.
“The problem is not just getting the senior players free from work it is also the lack of practise matches at home because there are so few facilities and the weather is so difficult for cricket,” says Coaching Coordinator Damber Singh Gurung, who had to come out of retirement in order for the national team to make up the numbers at the recent ACC Trophy Elite.
Following an inspection tour of Bhutan earlier this year, ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura authorized the construction of nets and grounds in Bhutan, earmarking US$43,500 for the project.
|Small ground, tiny square, rutted outfield: local conditions in Bhutan|
Sarpang Higher Secondary School will receive one net while Gelephu Lower Secondary School and Pelrithang Middle Secondary School will receive two nets each along with synthetic matting. The BCCB plans to construct a covered playing area at Gelephu so that people can play cricket even during monsoon.
In Punakha and Wangdue, Ugyen Academy and Bajothang Higher Secondary School will receive net facilities and synthetic matting. Paro College of Education will receive the same.
|Cricket in Paro, 2009|
“The foundation to a quality and standard cricket in the country can be built in schools with majority of our youth in schools. Such facilities in the schools will help produce good players which will ultimately improve cricket quality,’’ says the BCCB Chief Executive Officer Jigme N Norbu.
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Filed May 25th, 2010