The Cambodia Board XI will be in Singapore next month to play a series of friendly matches against their counterparts from the city state.
The Singapore tour of Cambodia Board XI will be held from April 10 to 12, according to Manish Sharma, CEO of Cambodia Cricket Association.
Sharma said the Singapore Cricket Association (SCA) assured him that the matches will go ahead, despite the ongoing health crisis induced by the coronavirus outbreak.
“They told me the strictest health measures will be in place. There will be regular temperature checks and other measures designed to prevent the spread of the dreaded disease,” he explained.
“So, we have little to worry about,” he added.
The Cambodian team is scheduled to play three T20 matches against Singapore Board XI.
The 16-strong team, along with their coach and manager, will travel to Singapore for the matches, which will be held at the Indian Association Singapore Cricket ground, a regular playground for the SCA.
Sharma mentioned that Cambodian cricket has vastly improved because of the full support of Vath Chamroeun, who is also the president of the Cricket Association of Cambodia.
“He (Mr Chamroeun) is working very hard to develop cricket in Cambodia and we are working very hard under his leadership,” he said.
In addition to their current roster, Sharma said that “everyone is welcome to come and try out for the team, from Cambodians to those living in Cambodia on a long-term work visa”.
Sharma said their Singapore tour will show how far Cambodia Board XI has come along in terms of capability.
Singapore previously beat their counterparts from Hong Kong and Zimbabwe. “Both countries played in the Cricket World Cup in the past, so obviously, they are very good teams,” Sharma pointed out.
“If we are able to beat them, that means we are ready to become a part of the ICC,” he said, referring to the International Cricket Council, the global governing body for cricket, of which Cambodia has yet to become a member.
To prepare for the tournament, members of Cambodia Board XI are holding practice sessions, with strict measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in place, at their new training facility in the Boeung Tumpun area of Phnom Penh.
“We check everyone’s temperature every time we practise,” Sharma pointed out. “The players have also avoided socialising and stay at home most of the time to avoid getting the virus.”
Sharma said their players are ready to give 100 percent to win the series. Uday Singh, who scored 50 runs in the final match of Anawrahta cricket series, told Khmer Times that he is working very hard and surely will try to be the ‘top scorer’ in the coming Singapore series.
Cambodia Board XI’s Singapore tour followed its successful stint in Yangon where they handily beat Myanmar Board XI in the Anawrahta Cricket Series 2020 last month.