56 of the ACC’s finest cricketers spent ten days at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai at the start of July. They were under the charge of ACC Development Officers, Roger Binny, Vece Paes, Rumesh Ratnayake, Iqbal Sikander and T. A. Sekhar and Dennis Lillee of MRF.

The players are from Afghanistan, Hong Kong Malaysia, Nepal, Oman, Singapore and the UAE and are at the core of the Asian Cricket Council's strategy to prepare teams in their quest to qualify for the 2011 World Cup. The focus at the camp was on batting, bowling, and fitness.

ACC Development Officers will subsequently travel to each country and work with the players. "The players should be tracked after a minimum of five years under the program as it will give a fair idea of the progress made,” says Roger Binny. The Foundation’s head coach T. A . Sekhar said: “There was a marked improvement in the players’ skill and the outlook. It is big success as far as ACC is concerned. Such camps could take these cricketers to the next level.”

Messrs. Binny, Sikander, Lillee, Ratnayake, Sekhar and Paes, Chennai July 2, 2007

Filed August 01 2007