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.
Tehran’s Azadi Stadium was again the scene of an Iranian coaching program. Run by national coach Mahmood Rasheed along with Monir Habibi and assisted by Hadis Karimi, the three-day course took a group of Physical Education teachers, players and U-16 novices through coaching modules.
Rumesh Refines The Pacemen In Malaysia And Singapore
ACC Development Officer Rumesh Ratnayake has been working with a batch of Malaysian and Singaporean fast bowlers. The national team and emerging group of players worked with the former Sri Lankan pace-bowler over a period of days in preparation for their international tournaments. "We're all looking for those extra one-percenters," says Rumesh, "the little things that make a difference over the course of a 120- or 300-ball match." Malaysia won Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 4 after Rumesh’s visit, a tournament in which Singapore finished second after themselves winning the ACC Elite League directly after their fast-bowling camp.
Umpires Up A Level In Kuwait
As play evolves, so does umpiring. The ACC's three Umpiring Resource Personnel Bomi Jamula, Peter Manuel and Mahboob Shah, 39 Tests and 82 ODIs between them, along with a wealth of teaching experience, have taken the latest batch of umpires from the Gulf region through a Level II program in Kuwait. "The candidates proved themselves to be good in the practical elements," says Bomi Jamula.
Another Level II In Kuala Lumpur
34 aspiring coaches from Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Qatar, Singapore and Thailand have been through the latest ACC Level II Coaching Program. The course took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and is the fourth to be held in the country in the past four years. ACC Development Officers Aminul Islam, Rumesh Ratnayake and Iqbal Sikander along with Malaysian external tutors Pubalan Muniandy and Dr. Amarjit Singh Gill. "We were pleased to see the quality of candidates coming through, all are likely to make strong contributions to their countries’ players," says Iqbal Sikander.