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Confusion reigns in Taiwan as ICC eyes amendment to rules

By Grant Dexter  /  Staff reporter

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has sent a document to associate and affiliate cricketing nations — Taiwan is an affiliate — with an eye to amending its rules to allow more than one national governing body for the sport.

All of the document’s recipients have been asked to respond regarding the matter by Thursday next week.

The ICC move seems to be a response to a situation in the US, where the United States of America Cricket Association and the American Cricket Federation have been battling for authority.

In 2012, Switzerland was expelled from the ICC after a rival governing body was formed.

Taiwan has at least three cricketing bodies, though only one of them claims to be the national guardian of the game — the Chinese Taipei Cricket Sports Association (CTCSA).

However, the CTCSA seems to be inactive.

The CTCSA Web site says it has 18 teams — 13 Taiwanese with players aged eight to 16, and five “foreigner” sides.

It lists a playing season from September to June in northern Taiwan and all year round in the south, but the only event recorded for all of last year was a “junior cricket teams trial.”

Its Facebook page has shown nothing involving the game locally since March 4 last year, a demonstration event. No scorecards or match reports are available.

There are seven teams made up of mostly expatriate players involved in an ongoing Twenty20 league, though it is uncertain if any official group is claiming responsibility for the competition.

The league is run by Taiwan Cricket, an unofficial organization that provides teaching, administration, scoring, umpiring and reporting services.

Taiwanese cricket veteran Ali Chang said the national body has indeed been inactive.

“Yes, it’s true. CTCSA did not do anything for cricket over the past year,” Chang said, adding that a new organization — the Chinese Taipei Cricket Board — would be launched soon.

The CTCSA did not return messages asking for comment and neither did the Taipei Cricket Federation, which has secured a piece of land in the Yingfeng Riverside Park and has begun work on a dedicated cricket ground — a first for the nation.

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