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ACC Archived News - August 2011

Saudis Ticking Along
ACC Development Officer for Saudi Arabia Iqbal Sikander has returned from a visit to the Kingdom and reports on steady progress being made there. “A new academy has been developed in Jeddah where a number of clubs practice regularly. It has two cement pitches and a fully grassed outfield.”
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Oman: Moving Forward
One-time ACC Trophy finalists (2004), ACC Twenty20 winners and 2011 World Cup Qualifier contenders Oman, after several years of drift, have shifted to a higher gear. Roy Dias will be the next coach and work is being done on getting a ground at Al Amerat fully turfed and ready by August 2013.
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Afghanistan's Pioneer Women
They may look like UAE cricketers in their grey kit but they are actually Afghan girls, potentially the basis of the country’s first women’s team. 70 girls gathered in Kabul last week, to be taken through basic training by former national player Ahmad Shah Ahmadi and two other coaches. “It’s a huge step forward for the women of Afghanistan and shows how much cricket has captured the imagination of the country,” says ACC Development Officer for Afghanistan Iqbal Sikander.
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Hong Kong's Domestic Redesign: The Coach Explains Why
On the theme of sustainable, and not just situational, development, Hong Kong have redesigned their domestic cricket structure to account for the increasing numbers of players and the wide differentials in the players’ abilities. There is a streamlined Premier League incorporating two-day games and the Saturday, more social, cricket league has been split in two. The Twenty20 competition has been done away with. Charlie Burke, Hong Kong’s effervescent young coach, explains why.
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ICC U/19 World Cup 2012
The six remaining teams that will join the Full Members at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012 in Australia are now known following the completion of the qualifying tournament in Ireland. And the team groupings for the 15-day celebration of youth cricket have now also been finalized.
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China: Chongming, Daqing, Linhai, Shanghai
48 teams took part in the final round of the Chinese National Cricket Championships this year, 21 more than last year. The senior finals were played in Shanghai and the junior finals in Linhai. Shenyang Sport University, as they always have been, were the men’s champions, this time joined by their women’s team and a local high school team win as overall victors. In all other categories there were new champions. “The matches were competitive and the standard was higher than in other years,” says ACC Development Officer for China Aminul Islam.
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Afghanistan: A Home at Home
The construction of Ghazi Amanullah Khan International Cricket Stadium in Jalalabad has been finished. The first international standard cricket ground has been built in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. They have made the cricket stadium in 12 acres from 35 acres of ground; they will use the rest of the ground which is 19 acres for the administrative buildings, swimming pool, and hostel for the players, pavilion and car parking.
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Nepal TV Gets It Right
National broadcaster Nepal Television have renewed their contract with the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) for live telecast rights. Under the agreement Nepal Television – motto, ‘Communication for Development’ – will have the right to broadcast live all national and international matches organized by CAN. The three-year deal is worth Nepali Rupees 600,000 a year, an increase of 50% from the last agreement.
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Nangarhar Establishes Itself
In another sign of cricket’s grass-roots growth in Afghanistan, Jalalabad, for long the ‘home of cricket’ in the country has a new academy. Funded by the private sector and run by former national player and national bowling coach Hasti Gul, the Nangarhar Cricket Academy has been set up to keep the conveyor belt of talent in the province flowing to the highest possible levels of the game.
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Fun Times In Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia had a 135% increase in juniors playing, from 2009 to 2010. To feed the growing demand for cricket news and views, the Saudi Gazette, an English-language daily has re-launched its weekly Fun Times magazine, aimed at younger readers, with a cricket theme.
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