Oman Are Associates
Oman has become the ninth Asian region nation to become International Cricket Council Associates and the 38th overall. Oman joins Afghanistan (2013), Hong Kong (1969), Kuwait (2005), Malaysia (1967), Nepal (1996), Singapore (1974), Thailand (2005) and UAE (1990) as current ICC Associates from the Asian region. In a message of congratulations to Oman Cricket Chairman Kanak Khimji ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said, "this is a notable achievement in the development of our Great Sport in your country, particularly when considering that Oman only became an Affiliate Member of the ICC in 2000."
ACC Elects New President
The Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket Jayantha Dharmadasa, 65, has been elected the ACC's 23rd President. Mr. Dharmadasa takes over from the Board of Control for Cricket in India President Mr. Narayanaswami Srinivasan, who had held the post since 2012. The appointment took place at the ACC's AGM in Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia Does The Development Rounds
Malaysia's national captain Ahmad Faiz and A Team and U-19 coach Thushara Kodikara have been selected for 'outstation' Kedah and Kuching to conduct high performance coaching programs. They are working to identify the most talented U-19s from these states to bring them into a national Development Squad. "These are players who have performed in the state competitions, from U-16 level onwards," says Malaysian Cricket Association's Development Manager Dinesh Muthuraman, "they will be in a one-year program for improvement and given every chance to develop as players."
A new coach, fresh ambitions, a spectacular stadium about to be completed down the road and a golden jubilee to be celebrated next year – Singapore is aiming to capitalize on all its potential for success. Preparations for the first and second staging posts – the ACC Elite League and Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 4 have been underway for some time. "There are some good quality cricketers in Singapore," observes their ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam, "all they need is to improve in consistency and situation handling."
Oman's Girls: A New Generation
Oman's women cricketers, one of the most enthusiastic from the Gulf region at one stage, who haven't been competing internationally since the ACC Women’s Twenty20 in 2011 are setting themselves up for another run. "I want this to be a 'top four' squad," says Oman Cricket's Lady Co-ordinator Level II coach Vasihali Jesrani, "one that finishes in the top four of every ACC event."
Tehran's Tertiary Training
In response to an increase in domestic cricket and the start of a new men's cricket league, the Tehran Cricket Association has held its own training program for scorers and umpires. "An ambitious and praiseworthy initiative," says ACC Development Officer for Iran Iqbal Sikander. The day-long course at Azadi Stadium covered the basics of umpiring and scoring.
Raju Sees Encouraging Signs In Maldives
ACC Development Officer Venkatapathi Raju has been in Maldives helping national coach Brendon Kuruppu prepare his team for the ACC Elite League event in Singapore in June. "Lots of good things there, worked with the spinners on a turf practice wicket in Malé, they look a team of potential," says Raju. His week-long visit also took in a Level I coaching course at Fuvahmulah and a school cricket event. "The ground was packed." says Raju.
Saudi Arabia On The Front Foot
ACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander was in Saudi Arabia at the end of April on an intensive program which saw him take in an U-16 school tournament in Jeddah, train the national team for the forthcoming ACC Elite League, attend the Final of the National MoneyGram T20 Championship and have a "very useful and constructive discussion with SCC officials regarding the development of cricket and infrastructure in the Kingdom."
ACC Match Referees Workshop
The first Match Referees Workshop for ACC officials has taken place in Kuala Lumpur. Conducted by ICC Referees and Umpires Manager Vince van der Bijl and ICC Regional Umpires Performance Manager Peter Manuel and assisted by ACC Umpiring Resource Person Bomi Jamula and the ACC Development Officers the three day program took the 37 participants through the preparation, process and post-match running of a game for Match Referees. It was the first of its kind held for an ICC Region.
ACC Premier League Preview: Start Of A New Era
Five top ACC Associates and Oman - perhaps soon to be Associates themselves – are in Kuala Lumpur to play the first ACC Premier League. The tournament is a progression from the former ACC Trophy Elite which in itself was a development from the ACC Trophy. The growth and prowess of several countries in the past ten years has been such that there is a marked difference in ability between these top six and the rest. ACC Events Manager Sultan Rana says, "These countries go on the field knowing to expect that all their matches against the others will be competitive, there are no real weaker or stronger teams. It makes for better cricket, better competition, and a better allocation of time and resources."