ACC Archived News - April 2008

MES Girls Win Two Out of Three in Qatar

MES girls dominated the first women’s cricket tournament held by the Qatar Cricket Association, winning in the U-15 and U-19 categories. The U-15 final was won by two runs as Pak Sharma chased 142 in 20 overs. MES beat Dukkan in the U-19 final, with wicket-keeper Asma Sodia taking a catch, two stumpings and having a hand in a vital run-out. Matches were played at West Bay. The tournament received extensive coverage in the Gulf Times.
Shandong Seventh Region to Take Up Cricket in China

Shandong, the second-most populous province in China, has become the seventh region after Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, Liaoning, Chongqing and Tianjin to officially take up cricket. “The Shandong people are well known for their good physical condition in China. The majority of rugby players are from Shandong,” says ACC Development Officer for China Aminul Islam. With cricket being aligned with rugby in the Multi-ball Games Admninistrative Centre in China, the Chinese Cricket Association (CCA) felt a partnership between both bodies to make use of athletes all-year round would be ideal.
Iran's National Champions

Sistan & Baluchistan 'A' won the eighth national men’s tournament at Konarak in Chabahar province. They headed a six-team event, with Sistan & Baluchistan 'B' coming second.

Tehran fielded a team for the first time in several years and finished third. "Our players were beginners and had no experience of official games," said their coach Zaven Baba Khani, "our goal was only taking part and we didn’t expect any good results."
U-19 Women Are Growing

Eight teams played in the inaugural ACC Women’s Tournament, and now eleven have confirmed their participation in the ACC U-19 Women’s Championship to be played in Thailand at the end of the year.

Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand and UAE will take part. “This is all the more remarkable because Bangladesh, who played in the 2007 seniors’ event, are not playing at this level so we have four new countries putting up teams,” says ACC Events Executive K.K. Haridas. “I’m actually hoping that one more team joins the event as it will make for a twelve-nation event which will make the fixture-setting easier,” he adds. Iran have a flourishing women’s set-up and may just be able to field an U-19 team in 2008.
Bhutan's Girls Get Going

Bhutan have started preparation for the ACC U-19 Women’s Championship to take place at the end of the year, by holding its first ‘Girls Tournament’. Three schools in Thimphu: Angchenphu Higher Secondary, Lungtenzampa Middle Secondary School and Dechencholing Middle Secondary School compete in the inaugural event.
Afghans Are A Hit

Mohammad Nabi has become the first Afghan to hit a century in List A cricket. Playing for Pakistan Customs in the ABN-AMRO Cup - Pakistan's premier domestic one-day tournament – against Karachi Zebras, he shared in a 109 run partnership for the fourth wicket with Rehan Rafiq and went on to score 112 not out from 103 balls, including seven 4s and five 6s. Pakistan Customs won the match by five wickets with four overs to spare, chasing 298.
Nepal Reaches Out

The Cricket Association of Nepal's plans to start "playing with better teams" as expressed by their President Binaya Raj Pandey, are taking shape after they neared agreement with Bangladesh and Pakistan. "We are in the final stage of negotiating a three-year exchange programme contract with Bangladesh, while Pakistan and Sri Lanka are positive on the move," said Mr. Pandey. "Pakistan are ready to send A team, junior and Academy teams to Nepal," he added.

BCCI Lends Support To China

A first consignment of bats, balls and other paraphernalia will be sent to China in a month or two, according to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The move follows a request from the Chinese authorities.

To help Chinese youngsters India plans to send coaches from the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, accompanied by umpires and groundsmen.

"China has already taken to cricket at the schools level in a big way," a BCCI spokesman said. "It's time to support a blossoming love of the game."
Sri Lankan Schools Cricket Renaissance

For many years schools cricket was the development hothouse for the great stars of Sri Lanka. All of the current side owe their starts to a rigorous system which was far more competitive than even club cricket and at times, even more popular than international cricket.

Recent times, however have seen a slippage in standards to the cost of current youth-team performance and also a potential dearth of replacements for the current international side. "In a few years time, once the seniors in the national side retire there need to be very good players to come in," says current Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) executive and batting legend Aravinda de Silva, "right now there aren’t any because the schools aren't producing any. That's where it has to start."
Hong Kong Wins In Global Development

Hong Kong have won for Best Cricket Promotional and Marketing at the 2007 ICC Development Program Annual Awards for their annual Cricket Sixes. The event has been held since 1992 and last year's was the most successful ever, featuring an All-Star Team captained by Shane Warne, which included Brian Lara, Anil Kumble, Glen McGrath, Heath Streak, Craig McMillan and Geraint Jones. The All-Stars were beaten in the Final however, by Sri Lanka.
ACC To Appoint New Development Manager

It is "with a very heavy heart" that Sultan Rana resigns from the Asian Cricket Council in April. He has been Development Manager since February 2005 and leaves to take up the position of Director Cricket Operations (Domestic) at the Pakistan Cricket Board. There he will work to help promote club and regional cricket on a long term basis. "It has been a great pleasure working with you and I am proud to say that I made wonderful friends here at the ACC," says Mr. Rana.

Applications are being sought for his replacement.