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ACC Archived News - December 2013

Saudi Arabia: The Big Gets Bigger
Following the success of the inaugural Moneygram Cricket Ke Badshah Tournament earlier this year, the second one will be held in January 2014. 136 teams took part in the event first time around, this time there will be 282. From four cities hosting the matches, there will be seven. Over 4000 cricketers across the Kingdom will be taking part. "It's a great focal point for the cricketers of Saudi Arabia," says ACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander, "the amount of interest generated among all those who follow and play cricket is huge."
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Kuwait Awaits Coaches' Planning
‘Perfect planning and preparation prevents poor performance’ is the saying, Kuwait’s cricket coaches have been doing the saying. And for the 2013-2014 season, they hope the players across the country will be performing the planning and preparation. Conducted by Kuwait Cricket Director of Coaching and ACC Level III Coach Sameer Desai, the Coaches Panel of Kuwait Cricket has held a Coaching Workshop for 30 of its members.
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ACC U-19 Challenge Preview: Oman With The Most Motivation
A welcome return to international cricket fixtures for Bangkok, after the floods of November 2011 caused so much damage to the AIT ground in particular, sees an ACC tournament with quite a bit riding on it. As ever, where it comes to ACC events, winner or finalist is where the teams want to be. That’s the position from where teams advance up a division (to Elite, in this case) and doing well leaves a legacy for the next generation of cricketers in the two-year cycle of events. But this time, the fourth U-19 Challenge over the past five years, there’s just a little more riding on it.
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Incheon Putting In The Hard Yards
Incheon, the site of the 2014 Asian Games is already coming to a state of readiness in time for the 36-sport, 437 event competition next September. "They are far ahead of anything even Guangzhou managed with its cricket ground this time four years ago," says ACC Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Huq.
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All Four ACC Teams Qualify For World Twenty20 2014
Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Nepal and UAE have qualified for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next March. All four ACC teams came through the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers in the UAE successfully, taking on 12 other Associate teams, before finishing in the top six. Afghanistan were beaten Finalists, Nepal finished third, UAE fourth and Hong Kong sixth. "It's an unprecedented achievement by the ACC members, it has been done on merit and is the result of a great deal of hard work by the players, coaches and administrators of the respective countries,"said ACC Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Huq.
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