Cricket Around the Globe: World Blog #6

03/01/15 Category: News Posted by:

Myanmar (Burma)

Myanmar may not compete in the World Cricket League and currently be ranked last in the Asian League but the sport is surprisingly growing at grass-roots level popularity within the region.

Cricket was introduced to the region of Myanmar by the British when it was a part of British India. In fact the famous Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) played two matches in Rangoon during their 1926/7 tour of India. The first match saw the Rangoon Cricket Club face the MCC while the following match was against a Burmese team. The first match resulted in a draw while the MCC won their match against the national side. To date the MCC match v. Burma is the nation’s only recorded first-class game.

After independence cricket was definitely seen as a minority sport and today is really only played by expatriates however with the support of the ICC work is being done to introduce cricket to schools and this program is proving to be successful.

In 2006 Myanmar became an affiliate member of the ICC and took part in their first international tournament the same year; the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Trophy. This tournament gives ICC Affiliate and Associate members of the ACC an opportunity to play international cricket. Seventeen nations competed in the tournament from 14-26 August. All pools consisted of four nations, except for pool C which contained five nations and which Myanmar finished at the bottom of the table; Nepal, Hong Kong, Kuwait and Bhutan finishing ahead. The United Arab Emirates went on to win the tournament defeating Hong Kong in the final. It was during this tournament that the lowest ever ACC team total occurred when Nepal had Myanmar all out for 10!

After the 2006 ACC Trophy it was decided that the tournament would be split into two separate divisions; elite and challenge. Myanmar was relegated to the Challenge division and in the 2009, 2010 and 2012 tournament they finished at the bottom of their pool.

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