Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Bhutan Cricket History : Part III

Continuation of Part 1, Part 2

Bhutan Cricket Association then started hosting Domestic tournament for the cricket enthusiastic and as many as 10 clubs from Thimphu Participate in the Tournament organized by the Bhutan Cricket, the matches were played in coir matting in soccer field of Royal Bhutan Police and Royal Institute of Management in Semtokha, the tournament attracted more and more interested cricket players.

With the support from Asian Cricket Council, Bhutan cricket Association yet again brought new foreign coach after two months of playing first ever international tournament, with the recommendation of Country Development officer, Rumesh Ratnakaya, Baba Mazhier Sourjah was appointed as National Coach, his first visit mark the development of grass root of cricket in Bhutan, his coaching basically consist of Straight Bat and Technical coaching session amongst kids and student. He had a tough time coaching as there were no facilities available at that time, with ground being uneven and invaded by bush, nevertheless his coaching session attracted many kids which were all benefited, he also introduced cricket awareness program....

Nepal Slip cordon ready for yet another Bhutanese wicktes(First Emerging Nation Trophy )

A New level of cricket was set by the time Baba Sourjah tenure ended in July and a complete set of National Players were made by then. Bhutan yet again were invited to participate in the Second Emerging Nation Trophy to be held in Nepal in September 2003, Bhutan couldn’t perform well and due to monsoon season, Bhutan and Nepal Match was a draw as rain abandon it, Bhutan lost to Maldives for second time and yet again Nepal after defeating Maldives lifted the Trophy for second in row making them one of the strongest Associate team in the Asian region. Bhutan cricket team came home in disappointment but with full will and determined this time.

As the cricket playing numbers increased drastically amongst kids and student, more and more kids played cricket in the country be it in gully area, park or road side.

With the emergence of cricket, Asian Cricket Council became clear that without knowing rules and regulation cricket game would lose its charm, so ACC sent umpire resource person to organize umpiring course in Bhutan, Former International umpire, peter manual, K.T Francis and Prasady conducted as many as 5 umpiring courses in Bhutan during 2003-2005. All cricket interested participated in the course and most being student and senior players. The course benefited the cricketer and cricket lovers such as Dorji, Chencho Dorji, Phuntsho Wangdi, Manoj Adhikari who were accredited with ACC level two umpiring certificate and apparently Dorji and Phuntsho wandgi officiated Asian Cricket Council International Matches for Under-15 and Under-17 Respectively.

Asian Cricket Council Development Officer Rumesh Ratnayake Watches The Coaching Session

Tribhuvan University Stadium where Emerging nation Trophy Was held in Nepal

Cricket Basic Coaching Camp Held in Thimphu for Juniors Level

Coach Baba Mazhir Sourjah does Video Analysis of each Batsmen

Thimphu Cricket Enthusiastic having fun with Coach Baba Mazhir Sourjah, the Foreign Coach of Bhutan

Bhutan Senior Player in Training Camp Prior to Second Emerging Nation Trophy in Nepal (Just a Glance at the training field, :-) )

Bhutan Tandin Wangchuk bowls against Nepal in Emerging Nation Trophy held in Nepal


Nepal cricket Players, lead by captain Raju Khadka(White Hat) won the Emerging Nation for second consecutive years

To Be Continued.....

3 comments:

Linda Muliana said...

Hi Ugyen,
How are you? I hope that you are fine. Im gine too now. The water level outside my house is already decreasing. But still flooded. Hope there is no more rain today. I didn't write to you for a few days as I ran out of pulsa and now im at my friend's office using the office computer and using the free internet :) I'm really tired with this situation. The news said that the peak of the raining season is not coming yet. I really don't know how worse the situation going to be. I will post some pictures and some articles when I can use my computer again. Since Sunday, I've been wandering around from hotel to hotel and sometimes sleeping at a friend's house..The first time I feel that I'm homeless. hehehe It costs me more too for the taxi as my car is trapped in the house. Hope I can chat to you longer. But I need to run for lunch now. Im very hungry. :) See you later Ugyen. and write me longer hehehe take care and regards

Anonymous said...

hi ugyen, thanks for the notes today, i just read my msg for u on this post and i found out there's one word i used indonesian language & i didnt notice when i wrote that, i wanted to tell u that i didnt write to u for a few day as i rent out of credit, im using prepaid phone, i just recharged it 2 days ago when i went to my friend's office & today agile msgr, software for messaging that i use for my mobile ph to connect to msn msgr & yahoo msgr, accidentally charged me 8x, & it just finished my credit & left me for 40cents euro only. everything start to recover here, im back home today but still have no electricity, can u pls email me on my gmail ur email address? it's easier for me to leave msg for u, & i just found out that you're only 1hour behind jakarta time, eventhough i still dont know where your country is..hehe..sorry about that, my geographic knowledge is not good, hehe..have a nice day ugyen -linda-

Anonymous said...

hi ugyen, again thanks for the note of the day & sorry i didnt have the chance to reply your long email yet but i promise you i will reply it as soon as i can finish all my postponed works, anyway have a nice valentine's day ugyen...

It's not the PRESENCE of a FRIEND that brings MEANING TO LIFE; It's the way that friend TOUCHES YOUR HEART that gives life a BEAUTIFUL meaning.Happy Valentine's Day :) -linda muliana-