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DAY 7: AFGHANISTAN ON TOP


Afghanistan beat Kuwait by 206 runs at a massed Sulaibiya Cricket Ground, to finish top of the ACC U-19 Premier League. With this title, Afghanistan go through to the ICC U19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2016 where they will meet the 10 Test-playing nations' U-19 sides and the four other ICC regions' top-placed U-19 teams. Nepal who finished second, also have a chance of being the 16th team in Bangladesh: they go through to a global play-off with all the other regions' second placed countries from which the top team will emerge.
ACC U-19 PREMIER

Day 6: Afghanistan Down Nepal, Malaysia Swamp Saudi Arabia
The two unbeaten teams in the ACC U-19 Premier League so far, Afghanistan and Nepal, met in front of a capacity crowd at the TACK- TEC ground in north Kuwait. They were playing for a coveted ICC U19 World Cup position, which in all likelihood would go to the winner.
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Day 5: UAE Race Home
Restored to full-strength following the arrival of two players last night, UAE asserted their claims for a possible second qualifying slot for the next ICC U19 World Cup with an eight-wicket victory over home team Kuwait at Sulaibiya. Such was their dominance the visitors turned a 50-over match into an apparent Twenty20 game.
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Day 4: Afghanistan And Nepal Power On
Afghanistan and Nepal continued their upward march towards the U19 World Cup by winning in today's round. Both teams' bowlers shone on a day when Nepal initially found the going hard against a Malaysian team that bowled and fielded close to faultlessly in dismissing the Himalayan state for 115.
ASIAN GAMES 2014
ACC Announces Asian Games Select XIs
At the request of the ACC President Jayantha Dharmadasa, the ACC Development Officers Aminul Islam, Venkatapathi Raju, Rumesh Ratnayake and Iqbal Sikander have selected Women's and Men's Teams from the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon "based on the players' performances and their international standing," says ACC Events Manager Sultan Rana. The men's team features players from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Nepal, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. The women's team has players from Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
DEVELOPMENT
ACC Scholarships Continue For Umpires And Analysts
The ACC Scholarship program which, in recent years has seen curators from Myanmar and Thailand further their learning in Sri Lanka, and then last year had the most prominent women cricketers from the ACC region take part in Sri Lankan women's league cricket, is now extending to umpires and video analysts. Durga Nath Subedi and Raman Shiwakoti from Nepal, and Tabarak Dar from Hong Kong are among the four who will be in Sri Lanka in November along with their countries' touring teams.
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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." The first ACC touring teams to Sri Lanka will be Hong Kong and Nepal in November.
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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