Thu, Dec 26, 2013 - Page 19 News List

Local cricket groups bicker, but share goals

By Grant Dexter and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporters

Chen said that to gain recognition from the international body, his association was in discussions with a local cricket group in China, which said it would endorse a membership bid under the designation “China, Taiwan region.”

Gaining ICC membership would make the CTCSA eligible to receive US$300,000 in funding, he added.

Like its counterpart, the Taipei Cricket Federation also aims to promote cricket to schools, colleges and social groups, efforts which saw 14 teams compete at the first of its events, the CKS Tournament.

Three of the teams were from Wuliao Elementary School in New Taipei City, one was made up of similarly aged children from elsewhere, two were from social groups and another came from Shih Hu Junior High School in Yunlin County.

Two universities, National Taiwan University in Taipei and Chang Jung Christian University in Greater Tainan, sent squads too and there were four club sides made up mostly of foreign players.

The federation’s report of the event said it went ahead — even though there are no cricket grounds in Taipei. It thanked the teams, their supporters and their families.

It also thanked the Taipei City Government for providing financial support and Holocene, a Tamsui, New Taipei City-based cricket equipment supplier, for sponsoring the event.

Wang said filing a request with the Taipei Sports Office can facilitate NT$80,000 in funding, adding that corporate sponsorship will probably be needed to maintain a cricket ground, which may prove more difficult.

Wang said the federation hopes to organize a youth cricket tournament next year and has submitted proposals to the Taipei City Government to get funding for competitions at other levels as well.

He added that although his federation was separate from the Chinese Taipei association, the two bodies are able to cooperate, and share human and financial resources.

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