Today’s successful event has officiated Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Seri Pekan as the new Center of Excellence (COE) for cricket. The event was held in SMK Seri Pekan, Pahang and attended by the Ministry of Education’s Sports Director Dr Mehander Singh; Director of Pahang State Education Department, Dato Rosdi Ismail; Pekan District Education Department, Dr Haji Tajuddin; Director of Pahang State Sports Council, Mohamed Rashdan bin Mohamed Razali; President of Malaysian Cricket Association (MCA) Mr Mahinda Vallipuram as well as the Hon. Secretary of Pahang Cricket Association, Mr. Balakrishnan who is also an exco member of Malaysian Cricket.

SMK Seri Pekan was awarded the tittle for their unwavering efforts of developing cricket within the school’s community since 2002. To further support them, we had sent our coaches to their school to train their young cricketers. This strong cooperation led to SMK Seri Pekan’s win in the first National Schools Championships organized by MCA just last September.

SMK Seri Pekan as the new COE is expected to have consistent cricket training sessions for their students as well as ensuring that the quality all training sessions are always of high priority. Other than that, the COE must also inculcate team spirit among their players, and be the “cricket role model” for other schools in Pahang; among others.

Malaysian Cricket has made a number of breakthroughs the past few months; we are ranked number 26 worldwide, we won medals for all divisions in the recent SEA Games with a gold for Men’s 50overs, silver for the Men’s 20 overs and bronze for women’s 20 overs; our women’s team will be playing at the World Cup Qualifiers for the first time this November, and many, many more. All this success was achieved with cooperation and commitment from schools, teachers, district and state education offices; as well as; Malaysia’s Ministry of Education.

To encourage more schools to follow in SMK Seri Pekan’s footsteps, MCA is introducing new fun cricket formats to schools and neighborhoods so that there will be more participation to further develop cricket into a core sport in Malaysia. For this to be executed with success, we hope to receive continued support from the Ministry of Education.