Cricket, the game between bat and ball, played between two teams of 11 players on a 22 yard pitch in a green field. Cricket is the most popular game on the Indian subcontinent, England, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Recently, the popularity of cricket is increasing in Korea. The Korea Cricket Association manages the national cricket team, which represents the country international cricket matches. The association became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council in 2001. The South Korean cricket team’s first international appearance to date was in the ICC East Asia/Pacific 8s tournament in Perth, Australia, in 2002, where they grabbed fourth place. They also competed in the 2011 East Asia Pacific Tournament. The Korean Cricket Team competed in the 2014 Asian Games in Inchon (Yeonhui Cricket Ground) as the host nation team, where they reached the quarter final and were defeated by the Sri Lankan Cricket Team.
Koreans are not the only ones with cricket fever. Many students from South Asia do not only bring along their traditional culture and food, they also bring their burning passion for cricket. Throughout Korea, various South Asian students have made a habit of meeting up amongst themselves to play their favorite national sport. Many of these groups have become much more than just casual meet-ups between friends, they have evolved into cricket clubs which compete with each other at the national level.
The Chonbuk National University Cricket Club (CBNU CC) was formed in 2014 at Chonbuk National University by passionate cricket lovers from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. It is comprised of nearly 40 graduate and post-doctoral researchers at the university. The CBNU CC has been participating in hard ball cricket tournaments in different parts of Korea and representing Chonbuk National University for the past 4 years. The CBNU CC has also won the TSC ID CUP in 2016, which was hosted by SKKU, another cricket club, in Suwon.
To promote cricket in Jeollabuk-do, with the support of the Foreign Community Support Service from the Jeollabuk-do Center for International Affairs, the CBNU CC hosted the 2017 Jeollabuk-Do Cricket Cup (JCC). The two day event brought together 8 cricket teams from other universities and cricket lovers throughout Korea were present. The Busan Phoenix from Pusan National University were the champions, while the IRCC were the runners up for this event. The CBNU CC is looking forward to get other opportunities to share about cricket with anyone who is interested. Don’t be afraid to stop by and say hi if you catch them on the field!