ACC Women's Premier Preview: Six Of The Best
The first of the ACC's new streamlined events sees the top six women's teams in the region play in Chiang Mai for what is the start of another cycle of global women's competition. Thailand were the winner's of last years ACC Women's Championship and went on to play in the ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifiers, performing most creditably. "The opportunity is again open to all of these six countries now to keep improving by playing against their similarly talented peers, and keep climbing up the ladder," says ACC Events Manager Sultan Rana.
Sulaibiya Springs Up In Kuwait
It's taken Kuwait Cricket three years, permissions from two different Ministries, the digging of a well, the creation of a reservoir, the installation of a pump and fully automated irrigation system. Finally, Sulaibiya has water, a lush outfield, turf wickets and a brand new cricket ground.
UAE Qualify For World Cup 2015
UAE have qualified for their second World Cup, their first after 1996. And this time the path was much longer and harder. It took in four years of the World Cricket League, and a challenging World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand with six tough games over 17 days against the best of their peers in order for them to qualify this time. There can be no denying they deserve to be in the next World Cup in March 2015 as one of the four Associates taking part, along with Afghanistan, Ireland and Scotland.
Fuvahmulah, a large island on the south of the Maldivian archipelago, just over 300 miles from Malé has just had its most eminent cricketing visitor so far, ACC Development Officer Venkatapathi Raju. The island, the site of the 2011 SAARC Trophy for the U-23 Test-playing nations, has a large ground in place. And now, emerging from the long grass, it has a group of enthusiastic young cricketers. "I was very impressed with the attitude and energy of these youngsters," says Raju, "it was very refreshing to work with players who have so much desire to improve and learn."
Malaysia Training Teachers
The Malaysian Cricket Association have signed an MoU with the premier Teacher Training institution in the country, the Universiti Pendididkan Sultan Idris (Sultan Idris University of Education/UPSI) in Perak. Under the program, a succession of PE teachers from across Malaysia will be taught the basics of cricket coaching so that they can go and carry cricket back to their schools. "Until you get the teachers you can’t get the students," says the MCA’s Development Manager Dinesh Muthuraman.
Asia's 2013 Development Winners
Afghanistan and Thailand have nominations in four of the eight categories in which the 2013 Pepsi ICC Development Programme Awards are available for the Asia Region, with Iran, Malaysia, Oman and Saudi Arabia sharing the others. 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. The Pepsi ICC Development Programme Annual Awards were established to recognize exceptional performance and service to the game of cricket in Associate and Affiliate member countries.
Kuwait Cricket Lights Up Banking And Shipping
Kuwait's domestic cricket is flourishing this season with two leagues. The inaugural Kuwait Banks Club League and Shipping Companies Cricket Tournament (in its 11th year) are underway, and in spite of the cold and heavy conditions for the night matches, high scores are being put up. "You cannot imagine the enthusiasm for cricket here," says Kuwait Cricket Director General Asad Baig. "For long we have been thinking of raising the competition levels for the players and these two tournaments are showing some good talent," he adds.
Tajikistan Tours Afghanistan
New ACC members Tajikistan have played three matches in Afghanistan, two 50-over matches and a Twenty20 against Afghanistan A. And have done rather well. On what was described as "a learning tour" by Tajikistan Cricket Federation Secretary General Ahmadshah Ahmadi, the visitors performed quite creditably.
ACC Tournaments Streamlined
The Asian Cricket Council is adopting a fresh three-division competition structure for senior and age-group cricket from 2014. The format comes into play as a result of the tournament performances of teams in the past two-division structure, which has run since 2006.