Our National Cricket Team will soon have a new home, thanks to the hard work of the SCA Executive Committee and our partners! We thank MCCY and SportSG for the invaluable support to secure the West Coast Ground. SCA hopes to have a cricket-ready facility to start National Training by mid 2024.
In land-scarce Singapore, this is a massive undertaking that gives reason for celebration. The National Team will have a good training and competition environment supporting its endeavour to make Singapore proud.
“It is a challenge to find adequate space for field sports, given the land constraint we face in Singapore. The national cricket team’s training regimen and schedule requires a dedicated space that is conducive for training. We appreciate the strong support from Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth and Sport Singapore in this journey – from negotiating for earlier shared facility arrangement at Balestier Plain to their quick action in helping us secure the lease at West Coast Ground,” said Mahmood Gaznavi, President of SCA. “From the moment Singapore Cricket Association shared our requirements and challenges with Minister Edwin Tong, there had been prompt and timely developments culminating in the West Coast Ground being allocated to cricket.”
The National Cricket League will continue at various locations including the Padang, Dempsey and the Balestier Plain at Indian Association and Ceylon Sports Club grounds.
SCA is confident and continues to work closely with our partners in our push to promote cricket and to secure a permanent home for the National Team and cricket’s national development.
The International Cricket Council Level 2 Coaching Course is being held at the Holiday Inn Express Novena and the Indoor Cricket Space, Turf City from 7 to 10 December 2023.
SCA is grateful for the support from ICC towards coaching development and raising the coaching standards amongst our Asian partners.
Coaches from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Maldives, Uzbekistan, China, Bhutan, Pakistan, Mongolia, and Qatar have gathered together in the spirit of professional development, lifelong learning and forging cross-border friendship and networking.
Our participants are indeed privileged to benefit from the wisdom and knowledge of our esteemed ICC Master Educators and Level 3 Coaches, Mr Aminul Islam and Mr Iqbal Sikander as provided a holistic perspective of coaching.
Wishing our respected coaches a meaningful learning experience as they apply their new knowledge towards nurturing and developing cricket talents back in their homelands.
The Singapore cricket fraternity gathered on the special evening of 25 November 2023 at the scenic One Degree 15 Marina at Sentosa Cove to recognise, and celebrate the achievements and contributions of the stakeholders of the Singapore Cricket.
About 200 partners from the SCA Executive Committee, General Committee, SportSG, sponsors, club convenors, National players, umpires, coaches and family members attended the awards ceremony and appreciation dinner.
The following awards were given out for 2019 and 2022:
1. Best Umpire
2. Best Scorer
3. Women Umpire
4. Lifetime Contribution Award
5. Youth Players (Boys & Girls)
6. In-Corp League (Divisions 1 to 6 & Premier) Team Awards
7. In-Corp League (Divisions 1 to 6 & Premier) Best Batter, Best Bowler, Best All-Rounder
SCA would like to extent our gratitude to everyone that was present and graced the occasion.
Images capturing the spirit of the ceremony and dinner is available at this link:
It was truly a night of celebration as our National Men’s Cricket Team was presented with the well-deserved Major Games Award Programme (MAP) cash payout for winning the Gold Medal for the 6-aside event at the 32nd Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Cambodia, in May 2023.
The Tote Board family comprising Tote Board, Singapore Pools and the Singapore Turf Club is the primary sponsor of the SNOC MAP awards. A total of 121 medalists from the Asian and SEA Games were rewarded with almost $2.3 million in cash.
The event was graced by Minister Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law and Mr Teo Chee Hean, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security.
Singapore Cricket Association is committed to ensuring that all participants in its community play, practice, compete, officiate, work, volunteer and interact in a positive environment, free from harassment and abuse. SCA ensures that all our stakeholders exist within a psychologically, emotionally and physically safe cricket environment.
It has established a Safe Sport Policy to ensure that all participants are aware of their rights, responsibilities and the standards of behavior expected of those participating in our sport.
This Policy also sets out procedures to report any abuse and harassment (including protections from any retaliation or repercussions for such reporting).
SCA is obliged to communicate our Safe Sport Policy to all stakeholders. This is available at the SCA website at https://singaporecricket.org/safe-sport-policy , providing guidance on how to report a concern, as well as the response and resolution process.
We have also formally appointed 2 trained Safeguarding Officers, Mr Mohamed Shoib s/o Abdul Razak and Mr Muthumuni Chamal De Silva Siriwardena, and also ensure that our coaches in the national team set-up complete the online Safe Sport modules.
After Singapore won the toss and elected to bowl, Captain Jeevan Santhanam attributed this decision to the wicket conditions and the strong bowling attack that the team possesses. Thailand’s openers attempted to see the pacers off, however fell short to the brilliance of Aryaveer Chaudhry – picking 2 crucial wickets.
This was followed by perhaps one of the best debut spells by Pranav Dhanuka, creating a record during his first match at the international stage.
Another debutant Hariharnan Ganesh Ramani, cleverly made his way through the Thai batters and perplexed them with his variations and googlies. A massive bowling effort by the Singapore team contained Thailand to a mere total of 52.
The Singapore batsmen looked dominant and set to chase the total from the start. A steady start by the openers Rahil Khan and Kabir Zandani followed by a gritty and skilful knock by the wicketkeeper batsman Pratham Somani, saw the team through to the semi-finals of the ACC U19 Men’s Premier Cup 2023.
PRANAV DHANUKA 4 wicket and Man-of-the-Match on his debut.
Debutant Pranav Dhanuka displayed a sterling performance with the ball. Panav managed to take 4 wickets in 4.4 overs while conceding just 4 runs. His spell further consisted of 3 maidens as the Thai batsmen struggled to deal with his pace and swing. Pranav was awarded the Man-of-the-Match award and had this to say on his performance.
“I just tried focusing on bowling with good rhythm, staying consistent and building pressure to coerce the batsmen into making mistakes…”.
His level of maturity not only aided in Singapore’s victory and progress towards the semi-finals of the tournament but also left a mark in the history of Singapore Cricket as he may just be the first player to debut with a four-wicket haul and receive the Man-of-the Match award. We wish Pranav and Singapore U19 best of luck for the rest of the tournament. Majulah!