The 2014 ACC Women’s Development Squad at the Andhra Pradesh Women’s Cricket Academy

An 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.

The ACC cricketers will be either on the field or in the nets for all but three of their 22-days in Guntur, with their matches all scheduled for the third week of their stay. The players have been nominated by their countries - the top-ranked in the most recent ACC Women’s Premier. The Chinese and Hong Kong players are fresh from games in England, during which time China’s women won eight of their nine fixtures. “We expect the girls to push on from here,” says Raju, “another cycle of Women’s World T20 qualifiers will be underway soon, from which two ACC members are able to take part. This time at Guntur is to give them cricket specific skills and put them in a 24/7 cricket environment. Playing against Andhra’s women will be good competition as they prepare for the Asian Games.”

The ACC players will be doing fitness and skills work in the morning before net sessions with the Andhra women in the evenings.

Venkatapathi Raju and Thailand’s Women’s captain Sornnarin Tippoch in Chiang Mai earlier this year

“We’re grateful to the Andhra Cricket Association and their coaches for making themselves available as hosts for this ACC tour,” says local boy Raju. China’s women spent three weeks there in September 2010 and following the ACC squad tour, the five Thai players there already will be joined by the rest of their squad for training and a triangular event.

Filed August 4th, 2014