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The fact that grass on this coral atoll is a rarity and that the land mass is so disparate are factors which the Cricket Board of Maldives (CBM) have enthusiastically overcome. A nation whereover half the population is below 21 years makes it a fertile place for the promotion of any sport and cricket has caught on in recent years thanks to the reach of televised cricket from the sub-continent and, more importantly, the success of the national team in international competition.
The Maldives' victory in the 2005 ACC Emerging Nations Tournament was the nation's first-ever international sporting triumph and the team received a rapturous welcome and a Presidential reception on its return from Thailand. Some will say it was a small tournament, but if it had not been held, and if the Maldives had not won, cricket would not have received the boost it did nationwide. The Maldives successfully defended its title in 2006 and has continued to shine in subsequent ACC tournaments.
It has competed in every ACC Trophy since its inception in 1996, joining the ACC Trophy Challenge when the stronger nations broke into the ACC Trophy Elite competition. The Maldives is with the big fish now, though, having won the 2010 ACC Trophy Challenge in dramatic fashion against Saudi Arabia.
The age-group cricketers promise much and may indeed deliver on that promise in the next few years as their skills and competitive instincts develop. Fast bowling is a particular strength along with some lusty hitting. Cricket is the game to play now on the islands and sponsors and the media are increasingly behind the sport. Development has been managed well by the CBM and turf wickets have been installed for practice along with a vibrant tournament structure.
Should it manage to strike the most productive balance between its senior players and youngsters in the national team, the Maldives will continue to make rapid progress up the ranks.