Brunei
Physical Address: P.O.Box 931, MPC Old Airport, Berakas BB 3577, Brunei Darussalam
Main switchboard + 673 2343207
General enquiry email: bruneicricket@gmail.com
Website: www.cricketbrunei.com

History of cricket in Brunei

Brunei provides a classic lesson in sporting development. The country came into Asia's sporting consciousness in the early 1990s when the very best available professional talent - Javed Miandad, Viv Richards and Ian Botham - was brought into the country at regular intervals to coach the elite of the country. It was thought that their top-down influence would spread far and wide throughout the country.

In fact, their influence spread near and narrow. Cricket kept on growing at an ad hoc, amateur level during these years as expatriate oil-workers and migrants arranged fixtures for themselves and their children.

Brunei is a small country, its total population but a fifth of Kuala Lumpur's alone. The cricketers that do play, however, are dedicated to building a base for cricket and the Brunei Darussalam Cricket Association(BDCA) has pioneered a form of coaching in Asia known as Level 0 - the basics for the base. The focus is on schools and their teachers, and the game is slowly spreading.

Following a breakthrough at primary level, the BDCA plans to introduce cricket in secondary schools level as well as conduct a Twenty20 league for juniors.

An "Education through Cricket" project aims to introduce approximately 250 English words to the students who intend to take part in the sport and who are weak in spoken English. All these selected words will be cricket relatedbut can also be used for day-to-day conversation.

The BDCA's initiative to translate the Laws of Cricket into Malayis a significant step and will undoubtedly enhance the take-up ofthe game, not just in the local community but further a field into eastern and peninsular Malaysia.

The country's most impressive performance on the international stage to date came when it finished sixth in the Asian Cricket Council TrophyChallenge in January 2009, earning it a place in the ACC Trophy Elite Division.