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Jakarta Post

Indonesia youth slowly warming to cricket

  • Agnes Winarti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 22 2010   /  10:02 am

Slowly but surely — and despite a lack of pitch and gears — cricket is gaining ground with youth in
Indonesia.In Ciawi, Bogor, West Java, the sport was introduced by a cricket enthusiast who had the humble aim of creating a sport league for local children. “I’m a retiree who simply [wanted] to do something good for the youngsters in my neighborhood. We are not changing the world. We’re just having a bit of fun,” Robert Baldwin said.Baldwin, a New Zealander who has lived in retirement in Ciawi for 10 years, helped to found a school cricket league in Bogor in 2006.The cricket league was initially comprised of six junior high schools. Today, the league organizes matches from August to November each year, and caters to both boys and girls from 20 schools near Bogor and Puncak.Baldwin said that cricket was not very popular with Indonesians, who were more avid fans of soccer or...