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.
Buddhi And Sarika On Top For Ten
Umpires Sarika Prasad of Singapore and Buddhi Pradhan of Nepal have been named on the ICC Associate and Affiliate Panel for the tenth consecutive year. Sarika and Buddhi will be assigned to ODI and T20I matches involving Associate and Affiliate Members, ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers and ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers, as well as ICC Intercontinental Cup matches, the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship and Divisions, and other Associate and Affiliate tournaments.
Close to 400 boys from 12 schools in Qatar have taken part in a day-long camp at the spartan West Bay grounds in Dafna, on the outskirts of Doha. The camp was aimed at identifying nascent talent among the children, who were aged between 8 and 12. 10 local coaches were involved. Qatar Cricket Association General Secretary Manzoor Ahmad expressed his delight at the big number of trainees turning up for the camp. "We’re delighted that such a huge number of boys showed their interest in cricket. All the trainees displayed their keenness to improve their cricketing skills and sense."
A Chance To Live The Dream
The last ACC Twenty20 in 2013 resulted in Hong Kong and Nepal joining Afghanistan and UAE in the World Twenty20 Qualifier. After winning through that qualifier, and reaching the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 all four countries have maintained their position – and ability – to challenge for places in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India. The winner of this year’s ACC Twenty20 Cup goes up, just like the other four ACC nations, to be just a few more victories away from a global event. "As a player it's what you dream of whenever you play, whenever you watch, whenever you see, hear or meet an international cricketer," says Malaysia’s Shafiq Sharif.
Some Corner Of A Foreign Atoll
The ACC's Venkatapathi Raju has just returned from a place he had never thought he would ever go, a place he had not even heard of until a month ago, a place that he was pleasantly astounded to find, has cricket. Kunahandhoo on the southern tip of Laamu Atoll, 260 kilometres south of Malé, as part of the Milo Atoll Youth Development Program hosted a cricket tournament, one where the girls beat the boys. "To see the simple joy of cricket, where people are playing for the pure fun of the game is very heartening," says the ACC Development Officer.