Chinese Taipei has held its first ever cricket coaching and umpiring course. ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam, ACC Umpiring Resource Person Bomi Jamula and ACC Level II Umpire Dr. Liu Jingmin were in Chiayi, a town 212 km south of Taipei City to conduct proceedings. 18 school and university Physical Education teachers from counties spread across the island took part in the five-day program. “Cricket was absolutely new to them but we were all very impressed by their willingness to learn,” says Aminul.

“Many of the participants travelled the 200 km a day from Taipei and other cities to attend the course,” adds Aminul. “Since baseball is the number one game in the country, the participants learned all departments of cricket very quickly.” The plan is to conduct Level I coaching and umpiring courses with the teachers that achieve passing grades from this basic course next year.

Dr. Liu and Bomi Jamula in action at the WuFeng University of Science and Technology in Chiayi
During Aminul’s week in Chinese Taipei there was an U-14 event with three teams made up of local cricketers and an eight-team senior event which had expatriate cricketers in the main. “Chinese Taipei can be transformed to a very exciting cricketing nation due to their success in baseball and softball at the top level (six bronzes, three silvers and a gold at the Asian Games, Olympic silver medallists). Considering their close proximity to Hong Kong, China, Korea and Japan who are established cricket nations under the ACC and EAP; the possibility is huge,” concludes Aminul.

The Don reaches Chiayi

The Chinese Taipei Cricket Association are still some way from achieving ICC Affiliate status but if development is managed properly, an application could be made for Affiliate Status in 2015.

Filed October 18th, 2013