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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.

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 on the pitch," says national coach Bilal Asad, who has recruited fitness trainer Sheraz Khalid from the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Rumesh Gets The Ball Rolling In Bhutan
Bhutan, beset by difficult cricketing weather, limited and small playing grounds and no turf wickets are 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.

Hong Kong's Coaches Make More Coaches
Hong Kong has completed another Level I Coaching Course. ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam, Hong Kong’s Director of Cricket Charlie Burke, Men's Asst. Coach Jawaid Iqbal, Women's Coach Najeeb Amar, Asst. Coach Chris Pickett, HKCA Development Officer Rob Lee, and National Squad Bowling Coach Simon Cook, took 31 coaches through their certification process.
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.
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.
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.
Nepal Win The ACC U-16 Premier
Going into the last day needing a win over Malaysia to finish at the top of the 2014 ACC U-16 Premier table, Nepal added the one age-group trophy missing from their extensive collection of ACC events with victory by 32 runs over Malaysia. The team were indebted to a 26-ball 44 by No. 8 Pawan Sarraf which took them to what proved to be a match-winning 162 in their allotted 40 overs. In reply, though Malaysia threatened, they were always likely to fall short once captain and Batsman of the Tournament Virandeep Singh was run out in the fourth over of the run-chase.
India Grants A Million To Afghanistan
Recent years have seen a strengthening of the Strategic Partnership Agreement, signed during President Karzai's state visit in October 2011, between India and Afghanistan. The latest manifestation of a $2 billion aid pledge by India is a grant of $1 million for the construction of a new cricket stadium in Kandahar Province, in Afghanistan's south. Afghanistan Cricket Board CEO Dr. Noor Muhammad says the "facility will allow greater developments in terms of coaching and performance as well as regular competitions. The players and tens of thousands of fans in that region will benefit."
Afghanistan To Zimbabwe: The Records, Recorded
Review: Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: The A to Z of International Cricket Records by Roy Morgan

The indefatigable Roy Morgan’s third book is another work of immense authority which does great service to the game. Following on from his Encyclopaedia of World Cricket and ICC Intercontinental Cup and ICC Intercontinental Shield the distinguishing feature of this book Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: The A to Z of International Cricket Records is the spotlight it also shines on the records of the 96 countries which do not have Test status who nevertheless play official representative cricket. Afghanistan is notable for its presence in all but women's cricket, featuring in ACC and ICC competitions, in first-class cricket, One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 internationals.
Umpires Advance From Malaysia
The latest ACC Level II Umpiring Course has taken place in Kuala Lumpur. 24 candidates, predominantly from the south East Asia region went through the six-day program under the tutelage of ACC Umpiring Resource Persons Bomi Jamula, Peter Manuel and Mahboob Shah, who were assisted by Malaysia's Ramani Batumalai. "It was a batch of quite a high standard," said Mr. Jamula, "many of them are closely involved in umpiring in their local countries."
Seventeen Go To Guntur
An ACC Women's Development Squad made up of U-23s from Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, Nepal and Thailand are training at the Andhra Cricket Association Women's Academy in Guntur. China and Thailand have five players each, Hong Kong three, Bhutan and Nepal two. ACC Development Officer Venkatapathi Raju is managing the tour during which time the ACC squad will play four one-day matches and six Twenty20s against the Andhra Pradesh women’s senior team.
Support For Cricketing Thais
The Cricket Association of Thailand have found a new base for cricket activity. Following the establishment of a residential youth academy in Doi Saket on the outskirts of Chiang Mai in 2012, another one has been started at Rattanakosin Somphot School on the outskirts of Bangkok. 22 boys and 21 girls from across Thailand, between the ages of 13 and 17, the star performers at the National Youth Games, have been granted admission by the school. CAT offers them education, accommodation, food, dress and nominal allowance.

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