Raju In The Ranks With UAE
ACC Development Officer Venkatapathi Raju teamed up with former England cricketers Paul Collingwood, Paul Franks and Chris Read, working alongside national coach Aqib Javed to take the UAE through the ICC Gatorade High Performance Program in November. "The coach and the support staff have done a great job so far for the UAE team on all aspects," says Raju.
Singapore's Umpires Shine
With twelve divisions over four competitions for the 100+ teams taking part in the domestic set-up (including this year, the inaugural women's league), Singapore's need for a strong cadre of umpires has never been greater. 23 aspiring candidates have been taken through the latest Level I Umpiring Program by ACC Resource Person Bomi Jamula. "The level of participation was of extremely high standard," says Bomi.
Pepsi ICC Development Programme Awards 2014
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the details of the annual Pepsi ICC Development Programme Awards for 2014. The Awards, which have been running since 2002, form part of the ICC's commitment to promoting excellence in cricket development in the ICC's Associate and Affiliate Members. The Awards recognise innovation and exceptional service to the game.
ASIAN GAMES 2014
ACC Announces Asian Games Select XIs
At the request of the ACC President Jayantha Dharmadasa, the ACC Development Officers Aminul Islam, Venkatapathi Raju, Rumesh Ratnayake and Iqbal Sikander have selected Women's and Men's Teams from the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon "based on the players' performances and their international standing," says ACC Events Manager Sultan Rana. The men's team features players from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Nepal, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. The women's team has players from Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
ACC Scholarships Continue For Umpires And Analysts
The ACC Scholarship program which, in recent years has seen curators from Myanmar and Thailand further their learning in Sri Lanka, and then last year had the most prominent women cricketers from the ACC region take part in Sri Lankan women's league cricket, is now extending to umpires and video analysts. Durga Nath Subedi and Raman Shiwakoti from Nepal, and Tabarak Dar from Hong Kong are among the four who will be in Sri Lanka in November along with their countries' touring teams.
China Goes East
The fourth-place finish of China's women at the Incheon Asian Games has inspired Linhai City Council in Zhejiang Province to build a cricket ground. "It will be in a school, because schools are where sports start in China," says ACC Development Officer for China Aminul Islam.
Hong Kong And Nepal Tour Sri Lanka
Following a request from the ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura, Sri Lanka Cricket’s Executive Committee has approved tours by the top four Asian Associates to the island, Afghanistan, Hong Kong Nepal and the UAE. The decision has been taken, say Sri Lanka Cricket, "to support the region's Non-Test playing countries." The first ACC touring teams to Sri Lanka will be Hong Kong and Nepal in November.
Asian Games 2014: Cricket In Fine Mettle
Sri Lanka's men won cricket gold at the Incheon Asian Games, Pakistan's women doing the same. Neither team had it easy, Pakistan's women fighting back in a rain-affected final against Bangladesh, when their opponents needed just 14 runs off the last three overs, to win by 4 runs. Sri Lanka's semi-final against Bangladesh had to be abandoned because of heavy rain, Lahiru Thirimanne's side going through on the coin-toss. The following day under bright blue skies, they were made to sweat by Afghanistan before eventually winning by 68 runs, sending their fans in the capacity crowd into raptures.
Asia's Men Up For Incheon
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.