ACC Archived News - April 2010

China Push On In Lahore

The six Chinese national team members who were training in Karachi are now in Lahore for a 12-day coaching camp. Coach Rashid Khan and Pakistan's Ambassador for Cricket to China Javed Miandad have taken the six Chinese cricketers to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore.
Afghanistan Get Supreme

Supreme Group, a supply and logistics company for the international armed forces in Afghanistan, will be sponsoring the country's cricketers at the ICC World Twenty20.
"Fare Well, Afghanistan"

"Fare well, Afghanistan our team in the ICC World Twenty20", so spoke Saeed Hamad Al Hamli the CEO of their sponsor Etisalat hours before the team left Dubai en route through London to the West Indies.
Two Putting Something Back

Afghanistan's Hasti Gul and Nepal's Gyanendra Malla have achieved much for their countries on the playing field, now they're trying to do more off the field. Both have started academies in their home towns, with an eye to creating their successors in the national teams of the future. "Of all the things I have done, this is what makes me feel the best," says Hasti Gul.
China's Best Woven Into Karachi Cricket

Six of China's national men's team have gone to Karachi at the special invitation of Pakistan's Ambassador for Cricket to China Javed Miandad. The elite China players will be training at the PCB Regional Academy and playing in matches for Karachi sides. "The plan is for the boys to learn and play in teams where they will be asked to take a lot of responsibility," says China's coach Rashid Khan.
Qatar's Children Make Hay, On Grass

150 U-13 cricketers played on turf for the first time in Doha last week, in the Qatar Cricket Association's latest Junior Cricket Tournament. "This tournament will be of great help to provide exposure to cricket and create enthusiasm among the youngsters. The major objective of this tournament was to identify future national players and develop their techniques," says QCA General Secretary (International Affairs) Manzoor Ahmad.
Charles In Charge At Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Cricket Association has appointed Charles Burke as their new national coach. Mr. Burke, currently ICC East Asia-Pacific Development Manager, will start work in Hong Kong in May on a two-year contract with a brief to oversee cricket development for the national team and age-groups for both men and women. Speaking to the ACC from Jakarta, where he is conducting a Level I coaching course, Hong Kong's new coach said, "Initially I'd like to create an elite player pathway for the U-16s and U-19s to come into the national team and help develop a good structure and good competitions for the players and coaches."
Saudi Arabia: Kingdom Of Ambition

The ACC Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Huq, Development Manager Bandula Warnapura and Development Officer Iqbal Sikander have completed a high-profile tour of inspection of Saudi Arabia. Jeddah, Yanbu, Dammam and Riyadh were the sites visited during an intensive five-day schedule which included a meeting with the head of the General President of Youth Welfare Prince Sultan Bin Fahd and Deputy Governor of Al-Baha Region and Patron of Saudi Cricket Centre Prince Dr. Faisal Bin Muhammad Bin Saud Bin Abdulaziz.

"It is clear that Saudi Arabia wish to progress, it is up to them to work with us to help them achieve their aims, which include better facilities, and more access to high-level coaching and umpiring," said the ACC Chief Executive.
China's Women In Bangladesh

China's Women's team are preparing for the Asian Games in November with their first tour of Bangladesh. Based at the National Academy BKSP, 19 miles north of Dhaka, the team are two-thirds of the way through a six-match schedule and are doing well.

"So far they have won three and lost one, playing strong sides," says ACC Development for China Aminul Islam.