The Traidhos Oval was officially opened on 6 November 2006 by Chairman M.L.Tri, Vice Chairman Lister Hannah, and David Buck
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The Opening Ceremony

(left to right) Lister Hannah, M.L. Tri, and David Buck cut the ribbon,
accompanied by School Board members
A meeting in April 2004 between Lister Hannah, President, Prem Center and Ashraf Huq, CEO of the Asia Cricket Council (ACC) at the Chiang Mai Sixes, and a subsequent visit to Three Generation Cricket Academy, led to a continuing and significant relationship with the ACC and the Cricket Association of Thailand - and, indirectly, with Cricket Australia.

The ACC encouraged the building of a cricket ground at Prem, and with M.L. Tri’s (Traidhos Three-Generation Community for Learning’s Chairman/Owner) substantial support, this began in late 2004.

In July 2005 Three Generation Cricket Academy hosted the first of four high performance, week-long ACC seminars for top coaches in the 21 member countries.

In August 2005 David Buck, with his wife Linda, joined the boarding staff at Prem International School. David brought with him extensive and invaluable cricket coaching (ECB Level 3) and ground development expertise and experience. Over the past year his hours of painstaking supervision has led to the successful completion of an outstanding cricket ground.

On Monday, November 6, 2006, the Traidhos Cricket Ground was officially opened by Chairman M.L. Tri, Vice Chairman Lister Hannah, and David Buck. The international standard cricket ground, has the capacity for seven turf wickets on the central 'square' and in addition, has five turf practice-wickets (nets).

ACC Specialist Coaching participants: July 2006
The following Asia Cricket Council high performance coaching courses for the 21 member countries, have been conducted at Traidhos Three Generation Community for Learning:
  • July, 2005: Specialist - fast bowling, batting (with Cricket Australia)
  • December 2005: Sports Medicine
  • July 2006: Spin bowling, wicket-keeping, fielding (with Cricket Australia)
  • January 2007: Sports Medicine
The following tournaments have been co-hosted by the Prem Center:
  • December 14 - 23, 2006: ACC Under 15 Challenge Cup
  • December 7-13, 2007: ACC Under 19 Challenge Cup
  • January 11-16, 2008: ACC Under 15 Challenge Cup
(Left to right) : Mohideen Kader (CEO, Cricket Association of Thailand), Lister Hannah (Chairman, Traidhos Three Generation Community for Learning Cricket), Syed Ashraful Huq (CEO, Asian Cricket Council) (Left to right) : Dr Vece Paes (Advisor, Asian Cricket Council), Mohideen Kader (CEO, Cricket Association of Thailand), Lister Hannah (Chairman, Traidhos Three Generation Community for Learning Cricket), Ross Turner, (International Development, Cricket Australia)
Cricket's History in Thailand, by Lister Hannah
To celebrate the ACC U-15 Challenge Cup taking place in Thailand, Lister Hannah looks back at cricket's history in the Land of Smiles.

Thailand's hosting of the ten-nation ACC (Asia Cricket Council) Under 15 Challenge Cup this last 14-23 December marked an auspicious recognition of the emergence of cricket in this country.

Syed Ashraful Huq, the CEO of the ACC, stated that this event was "specifically geared towards giving young cricketers an op­portunity to test their skills in the most competitive environment" and Thailand's young cricketers certainly acquitted themselves commendably.

But beyond this, the Cricket Association of Thailand, led by Ravi Sehgal, Honorary Chairman, and Mohideen Kader, na­tional coach and the driver behind the organisation of the tourna­ment, ably supported by others in Bangkok and in Chiang Mai, proved that Thailand had come of age as a cricketing country. It clearly demonstrated that it has not only the facilities but the capability to host such an occasion with style and success.

In a country where football, Muay Thai, tennis and golf have high visibility, it may be surprising to note that cricket has been played recreationally since 1890, the era of King Chul-alongkom, Rama V, both in Bangkok and in Chiang Mai. It be­came organised as a competitive sport with the formation of the Thailand Cricket League (TCL) in 1971.

lt has expanded from an initial six Bangkok teams to a present 19 teams playing in three divisions; and from time to time, since the 1980s, including a team from Chiang Mai.

Adult cricket isnow being played not only in Bangkok and Chiang Mai but also in Khon Kaen, Hua Hin, Eastern Seaboard, and more recently in Phuket. In 2004, with the blessing of the Sports Authority of Thailand, the TCL was renamed the Cricket Association of Thailand with Lt.Gen. Suebsan Darda-rananda as the President.

In the past twenty years there have been two especially significant developments which have raised the profile of cricket in Thailand. One was a Thailand-based innovation now played widely elsewhere, the highly popular Cricket Sixes; a fast-paced game played with six to a team, each team given 5 six-ball overs and with batsmen retiring after reaching 30 runs. Starting with the RBSC Sixes in Bangkok and then the Chiang Mai Sixes, a number of other Sixes tournaments now dot the annual calendar.

The other major development was the fielding of Thai­land's first national team in 1990, culminating with participation in 1996 in the inaugural ACC Trophy hosted in Kuala Lumpur and in the following year fielding an Under 19 team in the in the inaugural Youth Asia Cup in Hong Kong. The greater scope of the game beyond Thailand's boundaries was being appreciated too, so to the need to raise its level of competitiveness.

The past ten years has seen a heartening growth of the game at the grass-roots level. In Bangkok there are a number of senior and junior youth teams playing regularly and six schools will soon play in an inter-school competition.

The Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Association has been in action since the 1 990s and through its "sawadee cricket" programme has been build­ing a fast-growing group of young cricketers; and it will not be too long before a regular inter-school competition results. Khon Kaen, Chonburi and Petchabum also have structured coaching programs and regular tournaments. From this base, Thailand not only fields an adult team but also Under 19, 1 7 and 15 national teams which compete in annual ACC-sponsored tournaments.

The ACC Under 15 Challenge Cup played here in De­cember comprised 10 national teams, first playing preliminary rounds on turf wickets in two pools. Those who played in Bangkok used the venues at the Asia Institute of Technolgy (AIT), the Polo Club, and (for one match) Bangkok Patana School. In Chiang Mai locations were the Chiangmai Gymkhana Club and at the Prem Center, home of the Prem International School. The semi-finals, final and overall placing were then played on the Bangkok grounds.

Two of the grounds, at AIT and the picturesque Gymkana Club, had recently been renovated. The ground at the Traidhos Three Generation Community for Learning, just north of the city of Chiang Mai in Mae Rim, beautifully sit­uated in the foothills of the mountains, had just been completed. All the venues were widely complimented.

A striking feature of the teams participating was the inclusion of China. Driven by the faith of their cricket administrators and a well-placed confidence in the coaching structures put in place by the ACC, and despite cricket only having been recently introduced, they commendably decided to take part. They played in Bangkok together with Iran, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia and Thai­land. Bhutan, Brunei, Maldives, Oman and Qatar played in Chiang Mai.

In the Bangkok division, Thailand acquitted themselves particularly well winning all four matches. Close behind them, winning three and two games respectively, were Iran and Saudi Arabia. In Chiang Mai, Oman were undefeated with Bhutan run-ners-up. While Qatar and Brunei competed they were not included the final table since teams fielded by them did not conform the Qualification Rules.

And to Thailand... very well done!