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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Cricket -- Competitor on the Horizon ?

While the BCCI is fighting a losing battle by calling for a truce between Saurav Ganguly & Greg Chappell, a new cricketing rival (potential ?) has started quietly making plans. Forbes reports that China held its first Cricket Development workshop last month.

Thirty handpicked sports coaches from universities in Beijing and Shanghai, along with a number of schoolchildren, took part in the first cricket development workshop held in China. For six days in September, coaches from the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and Cricket Australia took the participants through the rudiments of the game. China's Sports Ministry plans for the game's development in China calling for the country to have 20,000 trained players, 300 umpires and 2000 coaches by 2015. Schools in Beijing and Shanghai have been instructed to start playing the game. Schools in Guangzhou, in southern China, which has a climate more conducive to a longer playing season than in the north, will follow.

I feel this might be a great news for cricket. At a time , when cricket is struggling to go global , what can be better news than a nation of 1.3 billion people deciding to play it.


  • dear Arun,
    what will happen imagine if 1.3M and 1.0M joins in all fields including cricket field. we wiil become No. 1 TRC

    By Blogger தி. ரா. ச.(T.R.C.), at 8:06 PM  

  • Interesting post, never thought China would get into cricket.!

    Good for the game, good for the fans.

    By Blogger Narayanan Venkitu, at 2:14 AM  

  • At this rate at which criket is in the so-called *globalisation* mode, soon there will be a time where we have World Cup Qualifiers just like in soccer!

    By Blogger Ram, at 7:50 AM  

  • Appa -- That will only remain a dream !

    venkitu -- defly good for the game

    Ram -- that will wake up the sport from its current stupor !

    By Blogger Cogito, at 11:41 AM  

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