ACC Demerger In Response To ICC Restructuring
A meeting of the ACC Executive Board was held on 13th April 2015 where the Board further endorsed the decisions taken at its previous meeting, in response to ICC restructuring, to demerge its dual role of hosting events and conducting development work in the Asian region in order to provide the required focus and perform roles effectively.
Changes To The Cricket Development Structure In Asia
ICC Media Release, Dubai, April 17 2015
The International Cricket Council (ICC) and Asian Cricket Council (ACC) today announced that the regional development activities implemented by the ACC, currently based in Kuala Lumpur, will from 1 July 2015 be managed by the ICC, based in Dubai.
Thailand And Malaysia Win ICC Development Prizes
Thailand have won their second ICC Development Programme Annual Award. Having won last year for Best Women's Cricket Initiative, this year the Cricket Association of Thailand have taken The Spirit of Cricket Award, given to acknowledge its work with underprivileged Hill Tribe children and orphans in Northern Thailand, providing them with education alongside cricket activities. Feisal Tajuddin of Malaysia receives the singular honour of being Volunteer of the Year thanks to his work in growing cricket at all levels in Malaysia.
Qatar Hits The Mark
Following the Level 0 Umpiring Course held in January in Qatar, a Level I has been held. The course featured a number of the candidates from the start of the year. 17 participants in all, including 4 ladies, were taken through the modules by ACC Umpiring Resource Person Bomi Jamula, who was assisted by local mistress of all trades Shivani Mishra.
Singapore Reaches Out To A Yorker
The Singapore Cricket Association Academy which currently runs programs throughout the week at the Kallang in the east of the city state now has another operations venue on the other side of the island, at the Yorker Cricket Ground. SCA National Development Officer Shoib Razzak says, "our main objective was to apply our resources. Parents had been telling us that bringing their boys to Kallang from so far away was difficult, so doubling up our activity on weekends at Yorker allow us to serve the community and develop the schools in the west."
Malaysia Makes More
25 young men and women, some of them national team players, most of them local school teachers, have taken part in the latest Malaysian Cricket Association Level I Coaching Course. Supported by the National Sports Council, the three-day program took place at the Kinrara Oval, with many of the participants, some from as far away as Sabah and Sarawak, staying at the dormitory attached to the ground for the duration.
Chiang Mai Champions In Chanthaburi
Chiang Mai's cricketers were figuratively 'over the moon' as they won both the men's and women's events at Chanthaburi in the latest edition of Thailand's National Youth Games. The annual event features the country’s best U-19 athletes across 40 disciplines and participation, let alone success, is quite a fillip to a young person's career.
Afghanistan: The Next Generation Is Planted
With the national team impressing in the World Cup, and the U-19s already established as a force to watch, the next batch of Afghan national prospects is being sought out. Former national captain/national coach/national selector and current UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Raees Ahmadzai heads AYCSO (Afghan Youth Cricket Support Organisation), an NGO supported by Afghan Connection and MCC dedicated to boosting the positive impact of cricket across Afghanistan. He is currently engaged in training 112 boys aged between 16 and 19 years in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan. "It is tiring, I am exhausted, I am also very happy to see the talent that is here," says Mr. Ahmadzai.
Asia's 2014 Development Winners
In a modified version of the scheme which has been running since 2002, the Pepsi ICC Development Programme Annual Awards now has six categories recognising exceptional achievement in the field of cricket development. This year’s winners from the Asian region reveal new and worthy candidates, many of whom could have won in previous years too, such has been the rigorous, consistent and excellent manner of their work. The ACC award winners will now join winners from the four other ICC Regions for judging prior to the announcement of the ICC Global Awards later in the year.