New ACC Head Office Opens in Sri Lanka

On an invitation from Sri Lanka Cricket, the Asian Cricket Council has established a permanent base in Sri Lanka, with an office in a building provided by Sri Lanka Cricket. The Council's new office was formally opened at a ceremony held on 20th August 2016 at which the heads of ACC members were present.

The Asian Cricket Council was founded in 1983 as the Asian Cricket Conference and until 2003 had its Secretariat move in rotation between the four Test-playing countries every two years, as the Presidency of the Council was transferred between the four Boards.

The entrance to the new ACC office at 35 Maitland Place, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka

From 2003 to 2015 the Council was located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia after which for a period of one year it conducted operations from Singapore.

Lighting the ceremonial oil lamp, from left ACC Executive Board Member Mr. Imran Khwaja (Singapore), Incoming ACC President Chairman Mr. Shaharyar Khan, Sri Lanka Finance Minister Hon. Ravi Karunanayake MP, Sri Lanka Sports Minister Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara MP, ACC and SLC President Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala MP, BCCI President Mr. Anurag Thakur MP, BCB CEO Mr. Nizam Uddin Chowdhury

Sri Lanka Cricket President and ACC President Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala MP received Chief Guest Minister of Sports Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara MP, and Guest of Honour Minister of Finance Hon. Ravi Karunanayake MP along with many other local cricketing dignitaries.

The ACC’s growth has gone hand in hand with the rise of Asian cricket’s financial and administrative resources. Sri Lanka’s geographic location, coupled with the benefits provided by Sri Lanka Cricket and the Governemnt of Sri Lanka make it the ideal new hub for the growth and development of cricket across the Asian region.

The ceremony to inaugurate the new office was itself a demonstration of how the 25 Asian nations come together for a common purpose, in a spirit of goodwill based on shared values and goals, inspired by their love for cricket.

ACC Member Representatives at the new ACC Office standing from left: Dr. John Cribbin (Hong Kong), Mr. David East (UAE), Mr. Chatur Bahadhur Chand (Nepal), Mr. Shafiq Stanikzai (Afghanistan), Mr. Ravi Sehgal (Thailand), Mr. Nadeem Nadwi (Saudi Arabia), Mr. Imran Khwaja (Singapore), Mr. Asad Baig (Kuwait), Mr. Jigme Norbu (Bhutan), Mr. Mahmood Ghaznavi (Singapore), Mr. Mahinda Vallipuram (Malaysia). Seated from left: Mr. Thusith Perera (ACC GM), Hon. Ravi Karunanayake MP, Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara MP, Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala MP (Sri Lanka), Hon. Anurag Thakur MP (India), Mr. Shaharyar Khan (Pakistan), Mr. Nizam Uddin Chowdhury (Bangladesh)

As the new ACC Head Office opens its doors in Colombo, it serves as an invitation to all members to strengthen their commitment to work towards the Council’s new motto 'Asian Unity for Global Prosperity'.

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Filed September 1st, 2016