ASIA’S WOMEN TRAINING HARD FOR INCHEONPakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka remain overwhelming favourites for gold and silver at the women's cricket event at the Incheon Asian Games. The bronze medal is something that is a realistic target for anyone of China, Hong Kong, Japan, Nepal and Thailand. "Once you're in the knock-out stage in T20 one short passage of play can decide a match, and given the rate of improvement of the top ACC countries, they cannot be underestimated," says ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam.
ASIAN GAMES COMPETITION SCHEDULEThe Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee (IAGOC) have accepted the schedule drawn up by the Asian Cricket Council for the Men’s and Women’s Twenty20 matches at the XVIIth Asian Games in September. The draw for team sports took place at Incheon last week, with the schedule for baseball, cricket, hockey and softball being determined by rankings.
RUMESH WORKSHOPS MYANMARACC Development Officer Rumesh Ratnayake has completed his first assignment in Myanmar. During his week-long visit he examined the Myanmar Cricket Federation’s administration procedures, inspected facilities and conducted two 2-day workshops for the local batsmen and bowlers. "There are encouraging signs, it’s a matter of channelling those positives and working in a more productive and professional manner to build a sustainable future for the development of cricket in Myanmar," says the former Sri Lankan national coach.
NEPAL WIN THE ACC U-16 PREMIERGoing into the last day needing a win over Malaysia to finish at the top of the 2014 ACC U-16 Premier table, Nepal added the one age-group trophy missing from their extensive collection of ACC events with victory by 32 runs over Malaysia. The team were indebted to a 26-ball 44 by No. 8 Pawan Sarraf which took them to what proved to be a match-winning 162 in their allotted 40 overs. In reply, though Malaysia threatened, they were always likely to fall short once captain and Batsman of the Tournament Virandeep Singh was run out in the fourth over of the run-chase.
ACC U-16 PREMIER: FIRST STEPS ON A ROAD THAT CAN STRETCH FAR AND WIDEThe six top-ranked youth teams in the region – Malaysia, Nepal, Oman, Thailand, Singapore, Bahrain – are gathering in a slightly stormy Kuala Lumpur to test themselves ACC competition for the first time. For many, the chance to play in the ACC U-16 Premier will not only be their first journey outside of their countries, it will be their first international competition. "It's the start of what we hope, for all of them will be a long and productive relationship with their nations’ cricket," says ACC Events Manager Sultan Rana.
INDIA GRANTS A MILLION TO AFGHANISTANRecent years have seen a strengthening of the Strategic Partnership Agreement, signed during President Karzai's state visit in October 2011, between India and Afghanistan. The latest manifestation of a $2 billion aid pledge by India is a grant of $1 million for the construction of a new cricket stadium in Kandahar Province, in Afghanistan's south. Afghanistan Cricket Board CEO Dr. Noor Muhammad says the "facility will allow greater developments in terms of coaching and performance as well as regular competitions. The players and tens of thousands of fans in that region will benefit."
AFGHANISTAN TO ZIMBABWE: THE RECORDS, RECORDEDReview: Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: The A to Z of International Cricket Records by Roy Morgan
The indefatigable Roy Morgan’s third book is another work of immense authority which does great service to the game. Following on from his Encyclopaedia of World Cricket and ICC Intercontinental Cup and ICC Intercontinental Shield the distinguishing feature of this book Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: The A to Z of International Cricket Records is the spotlight it also shines on the records of the 96 countries which do not have Test status who nevertheless play official representative cricket. Afghanistan is notable for its presence in all but women's cricket, featuring in ACC and ICC competitions, in first-class cricket, One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 internationals.
UMPIRES ADVANCE FROM MALAYSIAThe latest ACC Level II Umpiring Course has taken place in Kuala Lumpur. 24 candidates, predominantly from the south East Asia region went through the six-day program under the tutelage of ACC Umpiring Resource Persons Bomi Jamula, Peter Manuel and Mahboob Shah, who were assisted by Malaysia's Ramani Batumalai. "It was a batch of quite a high standard," said Mr. Jamula, "many of them are closely involved in umpiring in their local countries."
SEVENTEEN GO TO GUNTURAn ACC Women's Development Squad made up of U-23s from Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, Nepal and Thailand are training at the Andhra Cricket Association Women's Academy in Guntur. China and Thailand have five players each, Hong Kong three, Bhutan and Nepal two. ACC Development Officer Venkatapathi Raju is managing the tour during which time the ACC squad will play four one-day matches and six Twenty20s against the Andhra Pradesh women’s senior team.