ACC Archived News - April 2005

ACC Determined To Set Level Playing Field

In a move guaranteed to establish in the fairest and most clinically precise way possible the integrity of age-group competition, the ACC recently ran a thorough Age Determination Programme at the recent U-15 ACC Cup.

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U-15 Fifteen Selected

The ACC Select Asia U-15 squad for the tour of Pakistan has been selected and features some of the most promising young cricketers of the region.

The Select Asia U-15s will play three two-day games in Karachi during their tour, which runs from the 14th to 24th of May.

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Future Stars Of Asia Gather In The UAE

The third ACC U-15 Cup running from April 11 to 22 sees some of the region’s best young cricketers gather for what has been a much anticipated event. “We see these tournaments as fundamental to the development of cricket in Asia. They serve as vital building-blocks for competitors’ skills and fitness,” says Sultan Rana, the ACC Development Manager.

Twelve teams participate in what promises to be a closely fought tournament. It is expected that the strongest teams will emerge from those countries which have the best youth development programs.

The tournament opens with the hosts UAE taking on the Maldives at Sharjah Stadium.

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Filed April 7 2005

Young Tigers To The Fore

The Game Development Committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board have introduced a major new tournament, the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket for U-13s, U-15s and U-17s. In Dhaka alone, close to 70 schools will be participating.

There have been schools tournaments prior to this but now, according to BCB National Age Group Coach Carlton Bernardus, “this unique tournament will act as a catalyst to the National Selectors to develop four National Junior Pools, whereby young talented cricketers can be nurtured and developed to enter into the National side.”

Filed April 6 2005

ACC Nominees Win ICC Development Program Global Awards

Upholding the standards originally set upon the formation of the ACC, we are delighted that the ICC has recognized the merits of Hong Kong’s Wellcome Primary Schools' Playground League by awarding it the 2005 Flicx Junior Development Initiative Award. The HKCA has cultivated a deep-rooted appreciation for cricket amongst the children of Hong Kong and the pace of development there bodes well for the growth of the game in mainland China.

Similarly for Zakir Hussain Syed, the ACC’s first Development Manager, to receive the Lifetime Service Award (shared with Mark Stafford of Vanuatu) is fitting recognition of a great servant of the game.

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Filed April 6 2005

Umpires Stand At Higher Level

Two of the ACC region’s umpires, Sarika Siva Prasad of Singapore and Buddhi Bahadur Pradhan of Nepal have been elected to the newly formed ICC Associate and Affiliates Umpires Panel for the 2005/06 season.

Their performances in the recent ICCWCQS in Kuala Lumpur impressed the adjudicators and comes on the back of a series of impressive ratings in domestic competition.

The umpires will now will be eligible to stand in tournaments such as the ICC Intercontinental Cup, the ICC Trophy 2005 and the ICC U-19 World Cup 2006. Further high approval ratings could see them being involved in the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Cricket World Cup.

Sarika Prasad, also a certified coach of the SCA says, “Naturally I am very honoured to be part of the ICC panel but my duty does not just rest with matches. I will be playing an active part in the training and development of other umpires within Singapore and the ACC region.”

Umpires are a vital feature in establishing the integrity of the game and the ACC is committed to their development. The ACC has conducted 17 Umpiring Courses, with 343 participants, in the past twelve months and looks forward to the emergence of a stream of qualified and competent umpires in the years to come.

Filed April 6 2005

In The Land Of The Thunder Dragon

ACC Development Officer Rumesh Ratnayake made a Coaching Visit in March to Bhutan with the primary aim of preparing the U-15 team for the upcoming tournament in the UAE.

“Looking at the bigger picture, the setting up of bases for coaches and curators is of paramount importance. The challenge with the BCCB is to see the building up of a strong foundation for the future,” he says. The BCCB report a growing interest in cricket following Bhutan’s performance in the 2004 ACC Trophy where they reached the quarter-finals.

Filed April 6 2005

Maldives Cricket Bouyant

Rumesh Ratnayake also executed a Coaching Assignment in the Maldives and reports approvingly of the “enthusiasm and appetite for cricket” amongst the youth. “The profile of the game has risen tremendously following the seniors’ win in the ACC Emerging Nations Trophy and the youngsters are all keen to impress,” he says. National captain Moosa Kaleem also joined Rumesh Ratnayake in coaching the youth squad.

Filed April 6 2005

Kuwait And Thailand Up For Associate Status

The Cricket Associations of Kuwait and Thailand are in the midst of applying for ICC Associate Membership. Keen to be the first Asian Associates since Nepal in 1986, both countries have emerged as the likeliest candidates for elevation.

The ACC Chief Executive, Syed Ashraful Huq, says “ICC Associate Membership is all about recognizing the efforts of the administrators and players to develop cricket over a concerted period of time. Associate Membership is not so much a reward for past performance as it is a vote of confidence in the future. We are solidly behind these applications and look forward to Kuwait and Thailand using their ICC Associate status as a catalyst for further sustained development of cricket in Asia.”

Filed April 1 2005