Singapore's indoor cricket teams set to take on the big boys in S Africa
- POSTED: 13 Oct 2013 23:35
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Singapore can expect a David and Goliath battle at the Indoor Cricket Masters World Series in South Africa starting 20 October.
SINGAPORE: Singapore can expect a David and Goliath battle at the Indoor Cricket Masters World Series in South Africa starting 20 October.
Singapore takes on some of the biggest boys in the sport - Test playing nations like India, Australia and England, among others.
Indoor cricket is a more compact and smaller version of the outdoor one.
But the Singapore teams had to overcome big challenges on their way to the South Africa venture, such as self funding to compete as well as training at an indoor court meant for football.
Indoor cricket player Shehzad Haque said: "For us to go and get something closer to international standard, we have to travel to JB (Johor Bahru). It is an indoor court, not exactly what we need, but it is the closest we have and we make do with that."
On the bright side, the trials garnered an overwhelming response, so three teams have been formed.
They are the over 30s, 35s and 40s comprising a total of 37 players.
Despite their challenges, they are quietly confident.
Indoor cricket player Alok Garodia said: "The guys are really excited. They are putting in their 150 percent and all of them are up to it. I hope we will probably pull off some surprises."
Participation at the tournament means it is the first time Singapore is sending a cricket team to a World Cup.
Coach Paul Botterill said: "It is the ultimate challenge. We are going to go and play established Test playing nations. Singapore can't do that in outdoor cricket, but we can do that in indoor cricket."
The other Test playing nations competing in the tournament are host South Africa, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
Ten officials are joining the teams, who will depart on 17 October.
Indoor cricket is certainly set to grow in Singapore. Currently, there is a league with two divisions and 40 teams, and that is expected to expand.
There are also plans to build more facilities for indoor cricket in Singapore in future.