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History of cricket in Suriname
In all probability, a simple form of cricket called Bat en Bal was introduced to Suriname in the 1880s in the Nickerie district. The story goes that immigrants from India were the first to introduce the game to the country. The first cricket club, Royal Scotts CC, was established in 1895 and there was a steady growth in the game in Paramibo and surrounding areas as well as in other districts. The Surinamese Cricket Association (SCB) was established in 1931 and competitions held on a regular basis.
The years between 1945 and 1968 are considered the heyday of cricket in Suriname thanks to the efforts of individuals such as HC van Ommeren, PH Fernandes, CR Singh and others. In those days, the foundations were laid for the construction of the Dr. E. Snellenpark. The opening of this venue took place in 1954. Club teams and selection teams delivered great performances at this time against teams from Guyana and Trinidad. On match days, you would see the elite of Suriname in white suits and hats in the bleachers.
The years between 1968 and 1972 were a low point for cricket in Paramaribo, however. For years, there were hardly any cricket matches. The field became overgrown with weeds and the Dr. Snellenpark looked like a cattle field.
Under the management of the board, matters were then firmly taken in hand in the early 1970s. Cricket in Paramaribo was in danger of going under again around 1975, however, with the impending independence of the country and the migration back to the Netherlands of many cricketers. But, driven away from their homes by the declining political and economic situation in Guyana, more and more Guyanese fled to Suriname in the 70s and, slowly but surely, they started to dominate the sport. Thanks to the Guyanese, there were regular cricket matches again in this period and there were frequent contests with clubs from Guyana.
Suriname became an Affiliate Member of the ICC in 2002 and more Surinamese youth became interested in the sport. For the first time in 120 years, in March 2004, Suriname participated in a cricket tournament in Panama under the auspices of the ICC before moving on to the ICC Americas Championship when more teams were introduced in 2006. Suriname hosted Division Three in its first campaign and won all three matches to gain promotion.
It then hosted Division Two in 2008 and again topped the table to progress into the next Division One tournament, held in USA in November 2008. It was clear its elevation had come a little too soon, however, as it lost all five matches to head straight back to Division 2. Despite winning three of its matches in 2010 Americas Division Two, Suriname was unable to gain an instant return to the top-flight as it was denied on net run-rate by Bahamas.
Suriname also competed in 2009 Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division Seven, with its bottom-place finish spelling relegation to Division Eight, the next edition of which takes place in Kuwait in November 2010.
Suriname has the following domestic competitions: Championship of Paramaribo (round-robin, 45 overs), Championship of Nickerie (round-robin, 45 overs), Championship of Suriname: Champion Paramaribo vs Champion Nickerie (best of three 45-over matches), Junior Championship of Paramaribo (20 overs), Junior Championship of Nickerie (20 overs), Junior Championship of Suriname: Champion Paramaribo vs Champion Nickerie (best of three 20-over matches), Championship of Apoera, Twenty20 Championship of Suriname and the Open Championship of Suriname (knock-out 45 overs)
With regards to senior cricket, it has found the age of players to be fairly high. As a result, at the start of the 2008 season, it was compulsory for each team to have three players under the age of 19, and in 2009 each club had to field a youth team.
They have had meetings with foreign government to provide coaches for training the senior teams and also utilise the services of the Surinamese umpires that were trained by the ICC-Americas in local competitions. Each year, there are seminars for coaching and umpiring involving the senior players. Apart from the regular competitions, there are other games organised against teams from the Netherlands and Guyana. In 2007, the SCB started with a project to bring cricket into the primary schools. Two hundred schools are involved in this project and 200 physical school teachers have been trained as cricket coaches.
The development of junior cricket development in Suriname is done through the primary schools in co-operation with the physical training teachers and the Ministry of Education and Sports Affairs.
In November 2006, they agreed on a five-year development plan with the Committee of the Physical Training Teachers. Around 200 physical training teachers participated in this project. These teachers (trained by the SCB) are teaching the basics of cricket to 12,000 students. Students between the ages of nine and 12 are introduced to the sport during physical training sessions at school. Up to age 12, students will play with a soft ball. During the school year the different classes will have inter-class competitions. In 2009, secondary school students were introduced to the game. This group of students were between 12 and 16 years.
The Surinamese Cricket Association currently has 10 cricket fields but would like to expand and maintain these fields. In the next five years, they are planning to have two additional playing fields, one in Nickerie and the other in Paramaribo. There is also a plan to construct a building that can be used to accommodate visiting teams from other districts and countries.
Suriname has four women's cricket teams. It is currently expanding women's cricket team to a competition. In the schools, girls will be encouraged to form clubs. In Paramaribo, the members of the women's cricket teams are assisting in the development of women's cricket while in the other districts it will be the teachers taking the leading role.