Korea’s national cricket team taste first international success

Cricket is a sport that most people in Korea
have never heard of, never mind even played or watched. But behind the scenes Korea’s national team
has been steadily making progress since 2013, and earlier this month they got their first
taste of international success. Kwon Jang-ho reports. If you were to ask most people in Korea what
they thought of their national cricket team, their response is likely to be ‘What is cricket?’ “Nine out of ten people ask me what kind of
sport is that? I spend all my time explaining the game to
people.” In 2013 a decision was made to form a national
cricket team to compete in the 2014 Asian Games hosted in Korea’s western port town
of Incheon. A ragtag group of athletes was recruited from
other sports, from baseball to cycling, and for most it would be their first time handling
a cricket bat. “At first I thought it was quite brutal and
archaic. You use your bare hands to catch the ball,
and you often get hit by it. It was tough.” They soon got the hang of it though and fell
in love with the game. Despite the lack of infrastructure, funding,
and public support, they’ve been working hard behind the scenes. Their perseverance was rewarded earlier this
month, when they won the T20 East Asia Cup beating host nation Japan in the final. It was their greatest achievement to date,
but there was little recognition from the Korean press. “It was reported on Japanese TV news and media
that we had won the event, but no one in Korea really knew. Obviously it was disappointing, but raising
awareness is part of what we need to work on in the future.” Undeterred, the team are already looking ahead. The 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta is their next
major target, where they are hoping to do better than their quarterfinal finish in Incheon. “Last time we lost to Sri Lanka at the Asian
Games, but the next time we meet, I don’t want them to feel that we are inexperienced
or lacking, and I want them to feel like we gave them a good game.” Through further success in international competitions,
the squad is looking to raise the profile of the sport in Korea. “My dream is to provide the foundation so
that one day one of our players gets into a professional league, earns big money and
gets more Korean people interested.” Kwon Jang-Ho, Arirang News, Incheon.

100 thoughts on “Korea’s national cricket team taste first international success

  1. soon India will invite Korean team to play because India likes to play with weak team to get the their ratings high.

  2. Yess… Let's spread Cricket all around the world… Its boring to play only against those 4-5 nations… Cricket will ward off if this continues for years

  3. Go ahead Korea!. Love from Bangladesh. I wish cricket would be a global game if countries like korea and other starts to play in their country.

  4. I see all native Koreans and that is the most important ingredient of success in sports, will definitely outperform lots of minnow teams at the beginning

  5. The best thing is that their team is not composed of the south asian people i.e people from india,pakistan,sri lanka,etc.
    They are trying to make a team of their country people.

  6. why can't the dam ICC sponsor and help nations like Korea, Japan, Netherlands develop the game and let them play in their Damn world cup there are like 10 teams in every world cup that's less than the number of teams in the round of 16 in fifa wc don't they drag out enough money from us Indians? or is it that all the money goes to their pockets ? in either case ICC is stupid, expanding the game can cost them heavy expenses currently but will be profitable in the long run

  7. countries around the world are gradually getting interested in cricket, one day cricket will produce similar revenue as football. g luck for future endevour sk, from bangladesh.

  8. cricketers standing behid laughing shows their passion towards game and getting bowled again and agian means that they are never gonna get this game.

  9. Forget about Korea, I did not even know that Japan had a cricket team. Anyways nice to know that there are some people in these countries who play the game.

  10. We are waiting for your presence in world cup…… keep it up guys…… best wishes from Sri Lanka…..

  11. We need teams from Far East!!! This would be the first move towards globalisation of cricket. We should also have teams from Central and South America too!!

  12. Well.done lads.no master english. I'm sure cricket will catch on.so try watching the T20 games from India australia and england and you will get the feel of this brilliant traditional sport

  13. welcome Korea. .
    the most beautiful game in the earth
    that's called cricket
    we INDIANS treated cricket like a religion.

  14. we want too see korean cricket team in the ICC Big events…playing againts the big sites like INDIA,Pakistan,Bangladesh,Australia etc…Love from Bangladesh

  15. XI will be recorded in the history of South Korea.
    One Day South Korea will reach ICC World Cup.
    Support From North East India?

  16. This is amazing to see… All the best to Korean Cricket Team!

    Take a look at this video on China / Shenzhen Cricket Action. Need everyone s support to help promote this game in China. We are doing our bit…hope we all cricket fans like this video…

  17. We really need more nations to come and play this wonderful game on the international level. Love and support to the Korean Team
    – From INDIA??

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