ACC Archived News - February 2008

Up, Up and Away

The latest ICC annual research performed by the ICC Development Program has shown that the number of people actively participating in cricket outside the Test-playing countries increased 17 per cent in 2007. 338,051 people across the five global development regions are now involved in the game. The ICC report that in comparison to the 2002 figures – when there were 144,047 participants – this demonstrates a 135% increase over the past five years.. The ICC’s Global Development Manager Matthew Kennedy says: “These are impressive figures and confirm that the ICC Development Program is heading in the right direction.”
Qatar's Women Get Active

Following the first-ever camp for woman cricketers in Qatar, where 150-lady cricketers showed up at the West Bay Ground, National Coach Aruna de Silva reports that he has “just started a Women’s Coach Educator Course for School Teachers and Outside Ladies who can do the Coaching for Qatar’s National and Under-19 Women’s teams.”
Asia's Development Winners

The Asia region winners of the seventh ICC Development Awards have been announced following the submission of nominations by the Asian Cricket Council. The awards are designed to reflect, reward and encourage development activity throughout the ICC regions.

The global winners will be announced in March.
Qatar's Prime Minister Takes An Interest

Qatar's win in the ACC U-15 Challenge Cup in December has led to an upsurge of cricket activity in the country. A delegation from the Qatar Cricket Association (QCA), headed by Vice-Chairman Fahad H Alfardan , has recently met with Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jaber Althani who is also the Chairman of Qatar Cricket Association.
Cricket Inches Towards Olympics Via Indo-Bangladesh Games

The 2nd Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games which carry the slogan `Sports for Friendship' will have cricket as one of its nine disciplines. As the event is being partly supported by the Olympic Council of Asia, it marks the game's first step into the Olympics themselves.

Talking about the background of the Games, Bangladesh Olympic Association acting Secretary-general Kutubuddin Ahmed said: "Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) boss Ranbir Singh initially proposed us to be associated with such kind of Games…and has donated US$ 20,000 to BOA for the Games."
Afghans: Cash And Karzai

Such was the joy unconfined amongst Afghanis after their team jointly won the ACC Twenty20 Cup with Oman last November in Kuwait, that only now have the overwhelming number of gifts of appreciation for the team stopped coming in. The final tally: US$ 23,000 for the team from President Hamid Karzai, the Governor of Nangrahar, the National Sports Committee and local businesses. Another US$ 40,000 was given by the Afghans in Kuwait to the team.