RAJU SEES ENCOURAGING SIGNS IN MALDIVES

Fuvahmulah cricket under a rainbowed sky

ACC Development Officer Venkatapathi Raju has been in Maldives helping national coach Brendon Kuruppu prepare his team for the ACC Elite League event in Singapore in June. “Lots of good things there, worked with the spinners on a turf practice wicket in Malé, they look a team of potential,” says Raju. His week-long visit also took in a Level I coaching course at Fuvahmulah and a school cricket event. ”The ground was packed,” adds Raju.

The Level I Coaching Course candidates in Fuvahmulah

In Fuvahmulah Raju saw some U-19 spinners and batsmen who he felt were excellent cricketers, and “more match practise and cricket in Malé would help them.” What really impressed him in the Maldives was the way that schools have taken up the game. He saw one school’s ‘hard tennis-ball’ four-team 10-over event where boys and girls took part, with parents, teachers and other school children thronging the field. “Next step is for the Cricket Board of Maldives to meet with the islands’ councillors and encourage the PE teachers to get involved in cricket,” says Raju, “they’re slowly getting the hang of it and the more success the national and U-19 team has the better it will be.”

Pictures by Imad Ismail

Related:
Maldives Cricket Profile

Filed May 16th, 2014