By Avtar Singh | MALAYSIA |
The 2nd Annual Cricket Series between the Malaysian Sikhs and Thailand Sikhs was played over the weekend of the 6-7 April 2019 at the lush Kelab Aman Cricket Oval in Kuala Lumpur. The series was jointly organised by the Johor Sikh Sports Club and the Kelab Aman.
The highlight of the series was the opening by Minister of Communications and Multimedia Gobind Singh Deo. Present were Johor Sikh Sports Club president Dr Harjit Singh and Kelab Aman president Baljit Singh.
Malaysian Sikhs made a maiden trip to Bangkok last year to inaugurate the series and the Thai hospitality was nothing short of marvellous as the Malaysians carried back with them the most enchanting memories of the tour.
This year, the teams played two matches – the main 50 overs opener and a 20 over match on the second day, with the Malaysian team very easily winning the 50 overs while the Thais belted out to victory in the 20 overs.
Both teams displayed the true spirit of cricket both on and off the field, and while fighting hard on the field, they were worthy ambassadors of this gentleman’s game.
The players, officials and guests were treated to a sumptuous grand dinner at the Lall Singh Terrace of the club. Speeches flowed endlessly from officials of both sides followed by presentation of awards for the best batsman, best bowler and the man of the series. There were also exchange of mementos from both teams.
Malaysian Sikhs will look forward to their return trip to Thailand next year to exchange that elusive and wonderful loyalties that go to make up the very traditions of cricket.
There is also hope of this inertia leading to an Asean series with Singapore, Indonesia and even Hong Kong Sikhs to join the fray of an enduring competition in the future.
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Maiden Sikh interport cricket match between Thai and Malaysia (Asia Samachar, 3 April 2018)
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