QATAR XI WIN QATAR NATIONAL DAY CRICKETThe Qatar Cricket Association added an event to the many held across the country to mark Qatar National Day, hosting a five-team tournament at the West Bay Cricket Complex on the north-eastern outskirts of Doha. It was the ninth event of its kind held by the QCA over the years. "We feel delighted to host this event and will continue to organize it for many more years to come with the same commitment and enthusiasm," said QCA General Secretary Manzoor Ahmad.
ACC MANAGEMENT FORUM IN KUALA LUMPURThe ACC has held its third Management Forum, following the ones in 2004 and 2011. The Forum was designed to help ACC Region Associate and Affiliate nation Chief Executives and Finance Managers identify and develop ideal practises. The ACC Managers all made presentations during the four-day event. The ICC's Head of Global Development Tim Anderson made the first Keynote Address – The Changing World of Cricket - and Finance and Data Manager Ammar Shaikh presented twice. Singapore Cricket Association President and ICC Board Member KH Imran spoke on the opening day of the "uncertainties that lie ahead in these challenging times for the Associates and Affiliates."
UAE FIRST AMONG GULF WOMENUnbeaten throughout, UAE clinched the inaugural Gulf Women's T20 Cricket Championship at the verdant Al Emarat ground in Muscat, Oman. UAE beat Kuwait by 49 runs in the Final, after scoring 122 for 6. The UAE's Subha Venkataraman and Samiya Saleem were Best Batter and Best Bowler of the Tournament, respectively while Kuwait's Maryam Omar was Player of the Tournament. "We are absolutely thrilled that the girls trained so hard these past two months and played so well," said ACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander.
FUTURE STARS WIN OSN CUP IN KUWAITFuture Stars continued their winning run in Kuwait domestic cricket by winning the inaugural OSN Cup. They beat Emerging Stars by nine wickets, chasing 103. The OSN Cup is Kuwait's leading Twenty20 tournament, with 32 teams taking part. "OSN's support shows how much they believe in Kuwait cricket and the tournament has advanced the performances of many players in line for the ACC Twenty20 Cup in January," said Kuwait Cricket Director General Asad Baig.
MALDIVES UMPIRES START OCEAN JOURNEY"The Laws of cricket are only 42 but they are like an ocean and learning never ends," said ACC's Bomi Jamula to the latest batch of Level I umpiring candidates who presented themselves to him, this time in the Maldives. It is just as well then, that all Maldivians are taught to swim from an early age.
PEPSI ICC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME AWARDS 2014The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the details of the annual Pepsi ICC Development Programme Awards for 2014. The Awards, which have been running since 2002, form part of the ICC's commitment to promoting excellence in cricket development in the ICC's Associate and Affiliate Members. The Awards recognise innovation and exceptional service to the game.
GULF WOMEN GATHERThe inaugural GCC Women's Twenty20 Championship will be played in Oman this month. The five-day event will feature the hosts along with Kuwait, Qatar, and UAE. "It's a wonderful opportunity for the women to play some international cricket after quite some time," says ACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander. The initiative has been taken by Oman and is making use of the funds allocated to women’s cricket by the ACC.
RAJU IN THE RANKS WITH UAEACC Development Officer Venkatapathi Raju teamed up with former England cricketers Paul Collingwood, Paul Franks and Chris Read, working alongside national coach Aqib Javed to take the UAE through the ICC Gatorade High Performance Program in November. "The coach and the support staff have done a great job so far for the UAE team on all aspects," says Raju.
KUWAIT EMBRACES NELSON MANDELAKuwait Cricket joined with the Embassy of South Africa in Kuwait to host the Nelson Mandela Cricket Cup at the end of November. The ten-team event was held to "create awareness of the values that Nelson Mandela represents and the power of sports in bringing people of different nationalities and backgrounds together." Open to ten teams of U-16s, and a ladies' team, the 9-a-side event was played over the course of one long day at the Sulaibiya cricket ground.
SINGAPORE’S UMPIRES SHINEWith twelve divisions over four competitions for the 100+ teams taking part in the domestic set-up (including this year, the inaugural women's league), Singapore's need for a strong cadre of umpires has never been greater. 23 aspiring candidates have been taken through the latest Level I Umpiring Program by ACC Resource Person Bomi Jamula. "The level of participation was of extremely high standard," says Bomi.