Welcoming International Standards: Sano City, Tochigi Prefecture
Cricket is a popular sport enjoyed by some 300 million people around the world. But in Japan, only about 4,000 people play the sport, and many people have never heard of it. People in Sano City, Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, have been trying to promote their town through the sport. They set up an international cricket ground where Japan's national underage team trained, making it through to ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2020 in South Africa for the first time ever. We look at their path to the remarkable achievement.
Japan's national team heading for the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2020 in South Africa along with their beloved families.
Cricketers from Sano in Tochigi, Akishima in Tokyo, Chiba Prefecture, and elsewhere took part in the global competition.
The Sano International Cricket Ground was built on the site of a demolished high school. The facility, which turned the city into Japan's cricketing capital, is where the Japanese team trained.
Child cricketers of the Sano Braves practice at a gym near the cricket ground, aspiring to take part in the world cup tournament someday.