ACC U19 Women’s Championship, 4 – 14 October 2010, Singapore

Bhutanese Girls gear up for ACC U19 Championship

ACC tournament logo

ACC tournament logo

Bhutan U19 girls are going through intensive cricket training in Thimphu, ahead of the up-coming ACC U19 Women’s Championship to be held from 4 to 14 October in Singapore this year. This is the second time Bhutan will participate in the tournament conducted by Asian Cricket Council. The last one was in 2008 when Bhutanese girls managed to win three matches out of six and stood 6th position. Anju Gurung was recognized as the top bowler of that tournament.

Bhutan has been placed in Group B. The team will play five matches against Malaysia, Thailand, UAE, Oman and China. Teams from Nepal, Hong Kong, Qatar, Singapore and Kuwait are in Group A. All matches will be played on Astro Turf with the limited of 25 overs for each side. Bhutanese girls have performed exceptionally well in the international arena especially the fast bowlers, although batting is still weak at that moment.

Ugyen Dema, Vice Captain

Ugyen Dema, Vice Captain

The national coach  Damber S Gurung said he has been assessing and analyzing the players for the past three years and accordingly training programs has been set for them to improve skills on batting, bowling and fielding. He added that he is worried about not being able to provide adequate practice matches to the team, however they have been working on their metal strength simultaneously. “It will be tough for my girls to play on a big open field after a gap of a year but the ability of adaption will help them to play tough cricket.”

Anju Gurung, Best bowler in 2008

Anju Gurung, Best bowler in 2008

Most of the players will be same except for new Left arm batters that will be representing along with three officials.
“I am much confident now because my batting has improved and become far better than last year and even my fitness,” said Vice Captain Ugyen Dema.

Cricket among girls has picked up with interest on learning the sport growing. This will bring quality in national team standard. There are more than 200 girls playing school cricket tournaments every year and now BCCB is aiming to set up club championship for women within the next two years.

Cricket in Bhutan is still a new sport, but addiction to the game has brought maturity within a short span of time. Most Bhutanese now know what is cricket and how it is played.

Team members

1.    Pema Lhaden (Captain)
2.    Ugyen Dema (Vice- Captain)
3.    Yeshey Choden
4.    Choening Delma Tenzin
5.    Tashi Cheki
6.    Yeshey Wangmo
7.    Dechen Wangmo
8.    Tshering Pem
9.    Sonam Choden
10.    Tshering Wangmo
11.    Devika Darjee
12.    Sangay Choki
13.    Anju Gurung
14.    Sonam Zam
15.    DS Gurung (National Coach)
16.    Deki Yangzom (Team Manager)
17.    Physiotherapist to be confirm

Related: Asian Cricket Council

Edited by: Sherpem Sherpa

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