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Acrimony brews in local cricket circles over photo

By Grant Dexter and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporters

Chen also had no comment about the use of photograph.

“Now TCF is TCF, CTCSA is CTCSA. So I will not contact TCF again,” he said. “I will help the 21 other counties and cities, but not Taipei City.”

Chen said his father, CTCSA president Chen Tai-sheng, knew about the use of the photograph and said he also used photographs provided by teams from New Taipei City and Yunlin County.

“They didn’t say no, only Taipei city [objected to the use of the photograph],” he said. “And I listened to Vincent’s [Wang] requirement and I deleted it.”

The photograph has since been removed from Facebook, but was available as of press time in a PDF file, which outlined the meeting’s schedule, on the association’s Web site at www.ctca.com.tw.

Allen Chen said the association was supporting the Wuliao Elementary School team in New Taipei City and the Shih Hu Junior High School team in Yunlin County with equipment, and that their next chance to play would be next year.

Teams from those two schools played in the CKS Tournament.

He was noncommittal on whether the sides would be allowed to participate in another Taipei-organized competition.

“Maybe yes or maybe no,” he said. “Mr Wang and the TCF are in charge of Taipei.”

The association was similarly noncommittal about their relationship with the well-established clubs in Taiwan, which are largely made up of non-Taiwanese.

The No. 1 priority for cricket in Taiwan should be to establish a proper cricket ground in Taipei because that is where a proper season can be established. However, Allen Chen said he was not so sure.

“Although I think a ground is important, the teams are more important,” he said. “They can find a baseball ground to play on, then we can think about building a real cricket ground later.”

Baseball fields can be rented for about NT$30,000 per game.

“The No. 1 priority for CTCSA is educating Taiwanese about cricket and making Taiwanese teams,” he said.

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