ACC Archived News - February 2009

ACC Coach Educators in Singapore
The fourth ACC Coach Educators course was conducted in February, in Singapore for 25 Level II coaches from 14 different ACC member countries. "The intention of the Coach Educator program is to improve the communication and assessment skills of these coaches, so that they are being taught how to coach rather than what to coach," says ACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander. "We want to encourage coaches to think about what makes them most effective to the new coaches they will be bringing forward into the game."

Emirates Warm Up For The World Cup
With their most important tournament of the year coming up, the ICC World Cup Qualifier in South Africa, the UAE will be taking on six top English counties and a select Fly Emirates XI. The four-time ACC Trophy champions will play the counties directly after a tour of Sri Lanka in March.

ACC Rankings Developed
The two-year process which leads to rankings being established for the Asian Cricket Council’s non-Test playing countries has concluded with the completion of the 2009 ACC U-17 Elite Cup this month.

Singapore are top of the table, with Nepal and UAE second and third. A full-list is available here. The rankings system was adopted in 2007 to:
  • To categorize the member countries by performance in competitions
  • To motivate the member countries to have performance competition goals
  • To reward the member countries on their performance in ACC competitions

Cricket To Be In 2010 South Asian Games
Cricket is to be among four new disciplines to be included in next year's 11th South Asian Games in Bangladesh, it was decided in a meeting of the South Asian Olympic Council (SAOC) held in Kathmandu in February.

Mulling Over Mulpani, Planning For Pokhara

The Cricket Association of Nepal’s long-cherished desire to host a large-scale international event, could come closer to fruition with plans made to develop grounds at Mulpani, in the Kathmandu Valley and at scenic Pokhara.

China's Asian Games Camp Starts in Shenzhen

The Chinese Cricket Association's campaign for 'ming tien hui gen hao', 'a better tomorrow', to be demonstrated in the 2010 Asian Games for which they have autowmatic qualification, has started with an 89-day camp in Shenzhen, south China. Following warmer weather in the rest of the country, other camps will be started in Chengdu and Shenyang later in the year.

Brunei Translate Laws Of Cricket Into Malay

The Brunei Darussalam Cricket Association (BDCA) have drafted a translation of the Laws of Cricket in Malay, the language that Brunei shares with Malaysia. "The text is currently being assessed by the National Library in Brunei, and once they have verified the Malay syntax, it will be sent to the ACC who will then submit it to the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) for ratification," says BDCA CEO Manzur Ahmed. "We were encouraged to do this by the ACC as part of their campaign to make cricket more accessible to indigenous people and we are delighted to have done this not just for Brunei but for Malaysia too," adds Mr. Ahmed.

Related: Laws of Cricket in Translation

England U-18s Tour Malaysia, Alongside India

As part of its selection and preparation for the ICC U/19 World Cup to be held in Kenya in February 2010, a 20-member squad from the Elite Player Development program of the England and Wales Cricket Board is in Malaysia this month. "The theory behind taking 20 players to Kuala Lumpur is to give them practice playing the different match scenarios encountered in ODI cricket," says the squad manager John Abrahams, who has led a number of teams to Malaysia previously.
High-Performance Program For High-Flyers

The three Asian teams playing in the World Cup Qualifier in South Africa in April - Afghanistan, Oman and UAE – will take part in a specially devised High Performance Program in preparation for the event.

Afghanistan and Oman will be based in Sri Lanka from March 1 to 12, under the supervision of the ACC Development Officers Iqbal Sikander and Roger Binny, with Rumesh Ratnayake and Dr. Vece Paes also in attendance, along with their national coaches. UAE will join the others in Sri Lanka on March 5.
Afghanistan On The Brink

Having won their latest ICC World Cricket League qualifying round, Afghanistan now stand on the verge of qualifying for the biggest prize of all: a place in the next World Cup. "We're not there yet, but once we reach the World Cup I am sure we could give the other teams a good match," says Afghanistan's captain Nowroz Mangal.

Winning the World Cricket League Division 3 event in Argentina continues Afghanistan's remarkable success in their World Cup 2011 qualifying campaign. Having won Division 5 in Jersey last May and then Division 4 in October and now Division 3, against progressively tougher opposition Afghanistan are emerging as a battle hardened- group of skilled competitors.