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Bahrain is making a comeback on the international stage after a period out of ACC competitionin 2007/08 while internal administrative affairs were being settled. Prior to its absence, Bahrain was in the Elite division of every Asian Cricket Council (ACC) competition and won the Middle East Cup in 2006.
There are signs that cricket is enjoying a renaissance, with news of a new national academy being built in Manama and the Under-19 team winning the ACC Trophy Challenge in December 2009.
At national level, Bahrain made an instant impression on its debut in the ICC World Cricket League in 2009. It won all five matches in Guernsey to win immediate promotion to Division Six and its upward trajectory continued with second place at the tournament in Singapore, three months later. The highlight of that tournament was a stunning 233-run victory over Norway as Bahrain piled up a score of 304 for seven in 50 overs. That earned it promotion to the Division Five tournament in Nepal in 2010 where it continued to impress, with two wins and a fourth-place finish keeping it in that division for the 2012 edition.
Assuming all the elements in Bahrain coalesce and its potential is realised, the senior team could mount a serious challenge to the top teams in Asia. There was a 30 per cent increase in playing numbers in 2010 with a new T20 Divisional tournament established, and women's domestic cricket has also started.
As ACC Development Officer Rumesh Ratnayake said: "Bahrain is one of those countries that could go a long way in relation to its size, compared to its neighbours." Should the youth team also fulfil its promise, Bahrain's cricket future looks to be assured.