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IRAN RACE TO OPENING DAY VICTORY


On a day of many firsts, Iran's spirited cricketers won the opening match of the ACC U-16 Elite against home side Qatar at the splendid West End Park ground in north Doha. The margin of victory was 58 runs but the real gulf between the sides was evident in the attitude and application of the visitors compared to the hosts.
DEVELOPMENT

ACC Scholarships Continue For Umpires And Analysts
The ACC Scholarship program which has seen curators from Myanmar and Thailand further their learning in Sri Lanka, and then had prominent women cricketers from the ACC region take part in Sri Lankan women's league cricket, is now extending to umpires and video analysts including Durga Nath Subedi, Raman Shiwakoti and Tabarak Dar.
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China Goes East
The fourth-place finish of China's women at the Incheon Asian Games has inspired Linhai City Council in Zhejiang Province to build a cricket ground. "It will be in a school, because schools are where sports start in China," says ACC Development Officer for China Aminul Islam.
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Hong Kong And Nepal Tour Sri Lanka
Following a request from the ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura, Sri Lanka Cricket’s Executive Committee has approved tours by the top four Asian Associates to the island, Afghanistan, Hong Kong Nepal and the UAE. The decision has been taken, say Sri Lanka Cricket, "to support the region's Non-Test playing countries."
TOURNAMENTS
Asian Games 2014: Cricket In Fine Mettle
Sri Lanka's men won cricket gold at the Incheon Asian Games, Pakistan's women doing the same. Neither team had it easy, Pakistan's women fighting back in a rain-affected final against Bangladesh, when their opponents needed just 14 runs off the last three overs, to win by 4 runs. Sri Lanka's semi-final against Bangladesh had to be abandoned because of heavy rain, Lahiru Thirimanne's side going through on the coin-toss. The following day under bright blue skies, they were made to sweat by Afghanistan before eventually winning by 68 runs, sending their fans in the capacity crowd into raptures.
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Asia's Men Up For Incheon
Barring the absence of captain Mushfiqur Rahim who is getting married during the Incheon Asian Games, Bangladesh are sending close to their strongest possible side in defence of their gold medal from the previous event in Guangzhou. The squad have been match-hardened by a tour of the West Indies and will be in peak condition for Korea. As will everyone else. "A gold medal is something to treasure for one's whole life, it's an achievement for the whole country," says ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam.
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Malaysia Racing Their Game
Malaysia's cricketers have been training like never before as they prepare for the Incheon Asian Games and Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3. "There is an amazing level of commitment from the players, and I am confident it will pay off in results on the pitch," says national coach Bilal Asad, who has been instrumental in recruiting the services of fitness trainer Sheraz Khalid from the Pakistan Cricket Board for Malaysia.
DEVELOPMENT
Rumesh Gets The Ball Rolling In Bhutan
Bhutan, beset by difficult cricketing weather, with limited and small playing grounds and with no turf wickets are nevertheless on the verge of an upturn in performance and fortunes. A new full-sized ground at Gelephu is in the planning stages, a new Bhutan Cricket Council Board Development Coach from Sri Lanka Shanaka Fernando has been appointed, and a fresh back of coaches has been created. "Given their limited resources Bhutan has come a fair way already, there's potential there and this new ground will definitely help them prepare better for international events," says ACC Development Officer for Bhutan Rumesh Ratnayake.
DEVELOPMENT
Hong Kong's Coaches Make More Coaches
Hong Kong has just completed another Level I Coaching Course this time with the most eminent group of coach educators yet. ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam, along with Hong Kong’s Director of Cricket Charlie Burke, Men's Assistant Coach Jawaid Iqbal, Women's Coach Najeeb Amar and Assistant Coach Chris Pickett as well as HKCA Development Officer Rob Lee, and National Squad Bowling Coach Simon Cook, took 31 emerging coaches through their certification process. "There is a real energy and commitment in Hong Kong for cricket and these coaches are on the first steps of what can be a productive career," says Aminul.
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Asia's Women Training Hard For Incheon
Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka remain overwhelming favourites for gold and silver at the women's cricket event at the Incheon Asian Games. The bronze medal is something that is a realistic target for anyone of China, Hong Kong, Japan, Nepal and Thailand. "Once you're in the knock-out stage in T20 one short passage of play can decide a match, and given the rate of improvement of the top ACC countries, they cannot be underestimated," says ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam.
TOURNAMENTS
Asian Games Competition Schedule
The Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee (IAGOC) have accepted the schedule drawn up by the Asian Cricket Council for the Men’s and Women’s Twenty20 matches at the XVIIth Asian Games in September. The draw for team sports took place at Incheon last week, with the schedule for baseball, cricket, hockey and softball being determined by rankings.
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Rumesh Workshops Myanmar
ACC Development Officer Rumesh Ratnayake has completed his first assignment in Myanmar. During his week-long visit he examined the Myanmar Cricket Federation's administration procedures, inspected facilities and conducted two 2-day workshops for the local batsmen and bowlers. "There are encouraging signs, it's a matter of channelling those positives and working in a more productive and professional manner to build a sustainable future for the development of cricket in Myanmar," says the former Sri Lankan national coach.

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