ACC Archived News - August 2008

Afghanistan Make New Connections

The Afghanistan Cricket Federation (ACF) have embarked upon a long-term sponsorship program with Etisalat Afghanistan. A telecommications provider established in the UAE since 1976, Etisalat are the sixth-largest company in the Middle East in terms of capitalization and revenues and are 140th in the world in terms of market capitalization.
Myanmar: Up From The Bottom

ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam was in Myanmar last month to conduct a Level '0' coaching course designed to increase the basic understanding of cricket. 60 school-teachers from Taunggyi (the fourth largest town in the country) and Yangon attended.

"The MCF (Myanmar Cricket Federation) has only two Level 1 coaches active in the whole country now. They move around school to school to teach cricket. This is obviously very troublesome and ineffective for a country where cricket is very new," says Aminul.
Bhutan's Girls Get Physical

Bhutan has started its preparations for the forthcoming ACC age-group tournaments by holding an intensive coaching camp for U-19 girls and U-15 and U-17 boys in Thimphu.

"The boys know about fitness to some extent but Bhutan have been very smart in getting the girls prepared for the Thailand tournament in December," says ACC Development Officer for Bhutan Roger Binny.
New ICC Development Funding Scenario Outlined

ICC Development Programs Manager Tim Anderson visited the ACC Secretariat at the start of August to brief the ACC Development team on the funding scenario for ICC Associates and Affiliates. Approximately US$1.5 billion has been generated by the sale of ICC's commercial rights from 2008-2015, with a large proportion of this amount going back to the ICC's Full, Associate and Affiliate Members. Associate and Affiliate members will benefit greatly, with the most successful in line to receive in excess of US$1 million per year during this period.
A New Stage Of Globalization

by Manzur Ahmed, CEO Brunei Darussalam Cricket Association, ACC Executive Board Member

"Globalization is everywhere - whether we are talking about the economy, information technology or business. This flavour has also touched the sports arena including the cricket. Naturally so, the vision of the International Cricket Council (ICC) is to make and retain the game of cricket as a global sport.
ACC To Assist Eight Bowlers Reported For "Suspect Actions"

Following reports received from the on-field umpires, eight bowlers from five countries in the recently concluded ACC Trophy Elite have been flagged by Tournament Director Charlie Chelliah as having "suspect actions". These bowlers will next undergo two-stages of assessment by means of the naked eye and video analysis by their relevant countries' Development Officers.
ACC Medical Forum Examines Age-Verification Protocols

Eight renowned practitioners of sports medicine and its associated disciplines from India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan and the UAE gathered in Kuala Lumpur in July to address the issue of best practise for Age-Verification Protocols. "Age-Verification is necessary simply because in many parts of Asia, birth-registration and official certification is not completely accurate. In ACC U-15 and U-17 age-group tournaments, as with the tournaments held by PCB, BCCI, FIFA and AFC, we wish to ensure that 'like plays like'," says ACC Medicine Officer Dr. Vece Paes. "The issue is one of player development, player safety and just as importantly, the development of a national base of cricketers", he said.