WACA CEO Graeme Wood (L) and MCA President Tunku Imran exchange documents at the MOU signing in the presence of Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia Penny Williams (centre)

The Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) and Malaysian Cricket Association (MCA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Kinrara Cricket Academy today. The MOU will stand for a period of four years and states that both organizations will cooperate and work towards their respective cricketing excellence.

WACA CEO, Graeme Wood said that WACA was "very excited to be working with the MCA" and that their aim would be to improve the quality of Malaysia's cricketers.

"There will be many high-skilled training programs as well as regular Twenty20 and 50-over games played against Australian opposition. Training will not be limited to only the senior players as the age-group levels would also be focused on", said Mr. Wood.

Both WACA and the MCA will encourage and promote the sharing of detailed proposals, programs, information and knowledge.

HRH Tunku Imran, President of the MCA, said that the partnership with WACA will surely help better cricket in Malaysia and allow it to prosper in the future.

Speaking about the signing of the MOU, Tunku Imran said, "We have a long and healthy relationship with WACA and I am happy to see it formalized with this signing. "

"We thank WACA for their technical assistance in all areas and look forward to our partnership yielding mutual benefits", said Tunku Imran.

Western Australian cricket has produced world-class players such as Dennis Lillee, Rod Marsh, Kim Hughes, Graeme Wood, Damien Martyn, Justin Langer and Adam Gilchrist.

Filed July 7, 2008