ACC Archived News - April 2007

Development From The Ground Up

“Without quality playing surfaces you cannot have quality cricket.” With these words, the ACC Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Huq embarked upon a program at the start of 2002 to improve cricket across Asia. World-renowned New Zealand Sports Turf Institute (NZSTI) were hired for their playing-surface expertise as consultants to the project. The stated aim: “Each member association to have a national cricket centre with turf pitches and outfield.”
Cricket To Be In 2010 Asian Games

Cricket will be played for the first time at the next Asian Games in Guangzhou in 2010. The decision to approve a proposal to include cricket in Guangzhou was taken at the Olympic Council of Asia’s General Assembly in Kuwait this week.
Sharad Pawar Launches Afro-Asia 2007

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The second Afro-Asia Cup will be held in Bangalore and Chennai in June 2007. Three day-night matches will be played on June 6 (Bangalore), June 9 and June 10 (Chennai).
BCB Renews CA Program

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has renewed its coaching services program with Cricket Australia.

Kuwait, with a decent team at all age-group levels, sound administration, plenty of domestic commercial support, exceptional facilities and a desire to truly be a vibrant member of the international cricketing community, has plenty of things going for it.
Bhutan's Umpires Widen Their Appeal

In an endeavour to inculcate cricket in the administrative sporting consciousness of the country, Bhutan has held its first ever internal Umpiring Course last month. Eight Paro district teachers took part along with twelve trainees from the National Institute of Education, three of whom were women.
MRF To Provide Bounce

The five ACC members who will be taking part in the ICC World Cricket League divisions from 2007-2008 will each be sending seven national players to the renowned MRF (Madras Rubber Foundry) Pace Foundation which is helmed by one-time Test-leading wicket-taker Dennis Lillee and former Indian pace-bowler T.A. Sekhar. The best three pace-bowlers from Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Oman, Nepal and the UAE will attend with three spinners and a batsman. They will also be joined by the same number from the U-19 squad of Malaysia during the ten-day session in June.
19 For U-15 In UAE

19 schools from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah will be taking part in a new U-15 Inter-School cricket tournament in April.