|18 Jan 2013||ACC link: Burmese and Thais on a Good Wicket|
|23 May 2012||From Gardener To Groundsman To The World Stage|
|03 Mar 2012||ACC U-16 Challenge Cup 2012|
|25 Feb 2012||MCC hugely impressed with Three-Generation Cricket Academy’s vision and facilities|
|25 Feb 2012||Chiang Mai vs M.C.C at Traidhos Oval|
|16 Jan 2012||Three-Generation Cricket Academy student qualifies for Bhutanese U-16 National Team|
|13 Jan 2012||Ratnayake and Prasad conduct coaching seminar for Thailand’s young cricketers|
Pirom Chinkham, a groundsman at the Traidhos Three-Generation cricket field, has been selected to be a part of the team preparing and caring for the grounds to be used for the 2012 Cricket 20 – 20 World Cup in Sri Lanka beginning on 20 September 2012. The distinction includes not only learning, working and collaborating under the best grounds staff in the world, but opens the door for Pirom to see cricket at its finest and to witness the passion that people have for cricket when it is played in a world-class arena. Pirom will leave Northern Thailand on 13 September and his skilled services will be used for almost three weeks before, during and after the competition.
This great honour comes to a man of humble beginnings.
Before the cricket ground was developed on the Prem Centre campus in 2005, two professional staff were employed as cricket groundsmen, but their appointment was not confirmed. Pirom was then randomly selected from the Traidhos gardening department to be transferred to the cricket grounds under the tutelage of Three-Generation Cricket Academy Director, David Buck. With David’s Level 1 groundsman’s qualification from England and the help of six workers from Myanmar, the makeshift team slowly and steadily built the ground that today is known as the Three-Generation Oval.
Over the subsequent ten months, and without any professional cricket grounds machinery, the ground was developed by hand - one blade of grass at a time. Grass for the ten-strip turf wicket was imported from Perth, Western Australia, so there is forever a corner of Thailand that is linked to the famous WACA. This was probably first time in cricket history that a ground has been built using traditional Thai "paddy field" techniques. Under David’s and Pirom’s supervision, the ground was ready for host its first cricket tournament on 14 December 2006 – an Asian cricket tournament which played to fantastic reviews.
Over the coming years, the ground established a reputation as being one of the finest grounds in Asia - and certainly the best cricket field in Thailand. Pirom has earned his credibility through diligence and hard work and is now regarded amongst players and coaches as the best groundsman in Thailand.
Pirom’s achievements and the recognition he has gained in the world of Asian cricket is well-deserved for his outstanding contribution to Traidhos and the promotion of cricket in Thailand.
3-10 March 2012
Played at the Traidhos Oval and Gymkhana Cricket grounds
U-16 Competing Teams: Afghanistan, Qatar, Bhutan, UAE, Maldives, China
Final Match - Afghanistan v Qatar at Traidhos Oval
Afghanistan duly won the ACC U-16 Challenge Cup in Chiang Mai when they defeated Qatar by 92 runs to complete a perfect record of five wins in five matches.
Afghanistan: 200 all out off 37.1 overs (S.Hakim 59, P.Khan 52, I.Khan 30; T.Saji 4-30)
Qatar: 108 all out off 31 overs (J.Ahmadzai 3-6)
We were particularly impressed with the Traidhos Ground. It seemed to us that you could build a top-class academy for the very best Thai and other Asian cricketers there.25 February 2012
- William Frewen, MCC Manager
For their first-ever cricket tour to the Land of Smiles, the prestigious Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) traversed the country from south to north enjoying a week of cricket camaraderie and competition whilst receiving a grand display of Thailand’s hospitality.
Their first match at Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) on the tropical island of Phuket was followed by two 40-over matches and one 20/20 match in Thailand’s bustling capital, Bangkok, with Thailand’s National Squad along with the Kingdom’s best eleven. On the final leg of their tour, MCC gathered at the Traidhos Oval amidst the rice fields and foothills of Chiang Mai for their final matches against Chiang Mai select.
"Founded in 1787, MCC is the world's most famous and reputed cricket club. It was a great honour to host such a prestigious tour at our facilities," said TGCA Director, David Buck. Coach David was also pleased to see two of his players, Prem students Mukesh Safaff and Anim Huq, representing the Chiang Mai select team on their home turf.
Against limited opposition the MCC scored a massive 336 for 6 off their 40 overs with both Alun Thomas and Will Rist made cultured hundreds. Displaying a fine bowling performance, TGCA player Anim bowled both centurions out with his leg spin. When it came to Chiang Mai's turn to bat runs were scored, but MCC were not fully exerted in the field and a comfortable victory ensued by 98 runs.
"We had a great trip, played some decent cricket and really enjoyed the chance to learn about a new country. We loved Chiang Mai and were glad to be able to do some coaching there as well. It was a great place to end the tour. The ground was comfortably the best we had come across in Thailand with a good wicket and a fast outfield," said William Frewen.
MCC's teams play around 500 matches a year. They set off for overseas tours to destinations as diverse as Tanzania and Cyprus (and now Thailand) to help increase cricket's international appeal. (Cricket Association of Thailand, 2012)
As you may be aware, a very important cricket match is being played up at the Oval on Saturday, and as the MCC (Oldest cricket club in the world) are visiting Thailand for the first time, we are hoping to create a typical village green atmosphere. Picnics on the bank, BBQ's, all sorts of refreshments while we sit and watch "leather on willow".
If you wish to come and participate and more importantly support young Mukesh as he battles with the might of the MCC, please contact me (for food supplies) or just venture up....game starts 10am.
Three-Generation Cricket Academy (TGCA) student, Jigme Dorji, has been selected to play for the Bhutanese U-16 National Team in the ACC U-16 Asian Challenge Cup to be held 1-12 March 2012 at the Three-Generation Oval cricket grounds in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The young 13-year-old cricketer, who attends the Prem International School, will feel right at home joining his compatriots on TGCA’s home cricket grounds. Seven national teams representing Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, Maldives, Myanmar, Qatar, and UAE will travel to Thailand to compete for the trophy.
"I am thrilled and delighted that Jigme has been selected in his national side following in the footsteps of other successful Bhutanese students, who were also previous students of both Prem and TGCA," says Coach David Buck.
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and Cricket Association of Thailand are pleased to announce a Bowling and Cricket Coaching Seminar with Sri Lankan former pace bowler Rumesh Ratnayake and former Indian cricketer and bowling Coach Venkatesh Prasad.
The training is being held 11-13 January 2012 for Thailand’s National Girls Under-19 Team, four TGCA students and twenty-two selected male and female cricketers from all over Thailand in the Under 16 division. Northern Thailand’s top training facility, Three-Generation Cricket Academy in Chiang Mai, will be hosting the event utilizing their grounds at the Traidhos Oval, practice facilities, classrooms and on-site accommodation.
This seminar’s focus is aiding and improving the skills of Thailand’s talented young cricketers and it will provide a terrific opportunity for them to learn from two top legends in the field. The seminar will cover a range of topics including tactics and strategy, technique, and physical preparation. The tips from Ratnayake and Prasad will come at the just the right time for U-19 female cricketers as they are preparing for the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Under-19 tournament to be held from 6 – 17 February in Kuwait.
Ratnayake, a strapping right-arm fast-medium bowler played twenty-three Tests and seventy one-day internationals from 1982 to 1993. After retirement he has been a national fast-bowling coach for Sri Lanka and was recently appointed head coach of the Sri Lankan national team for the tour of Australia in August, 2011. He is a Level III certified coach and has been a development officer with the Asian Cricket Council since 2001.
One of India’s greatest pacers, renowned bowling coach for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League and Indian cricket team from 2007 to 2009, Venkatesh Prasad, a right-armed medium-fast bowler is now currently in Thailand as Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Development Officer.