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Cricket was brought to Korea in the 1980s and a domestic league competition was set up in the early 1990s. It has always revolved around Sungyungkwan University near Suwon. This is where games are played and the Korean players are students from this university, where cricket is officially recognised on the Sports Science program. The Korea Cricket Association (KCA) became an Affiliate Member of the ICC in 2001.
Korea's first overseas tour to Japan saw the players take on a number of university teams. Representative teams from Korea have also participated in regional competitions, such as the Shanghai Sixes, before 2000. This is something the KCA committee would like to re-establish.
There are eight teams that compete in the KCA Adidas League Cup. This follows a 20-over format and each team plays the others once over the season. The top four teams then go into a play-off with a semi-final and final.
The KCA has identified university and youth level cricket as being the two main areas of development. Coaching courses started September 2007 at Seoul Foreign School, which involved about 120 children (both boys and girls) per session. The KCA then hopes to expand the youth programme into other international schools and to set up youth competitions. Then it will focus on getting Korean children playing the game.
At university level, the improvement of coaching and facilities within Sungkyunkwan University will improve playing standards and hopefully attract more students into the SKU Cricket Club. The KCA is then looking to expand operations at university level, initially through indoor cricket.
Through the ICC EAP State Province Partnership Program, the KCA, in conjunction with Cricket Victoria, have been able to run several coaching courses, with more planned for the near future.
A major step in the development of cricket in Korea was when it attracted Adidas as its main sponsor. Having such a high profile sponsor has helped the KCA to promote cricket in Korea through media exposure and this will hopefully get more young people interested in the game. Its only international appearance to date was in the ICC East Asia-Pacific 8's tournament in Perth, Western Australia in 2002, where it came fourth in a tournament that also involved Japan, Indonesia and an Australian Aborigines team.
At present, apart from the female students on the training programme at Seoul Foreign School, there are no female participants of cricket in Korea. However, the KCA is considering ways of attracting women into the game at university level.