ACC Archived News - January 2007

Nepal Pot Big Sponsors

The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) have announced two major sponsorship deals for the forthcoming years. The first, for U-19 cricket is from existing sponsors Wai-Wai Noodles and is worth in excess of 770,000 rupees (US$ 10,500). The sponsorship will support an intra-district tournament (i.e. within districts) an inter-district level regional event (i.e. between districts) and an inter-region event.

In order to ensure that Nepal's record of success does not disappear in a puff of smoke, CAN have also secured sponsorship from tobacco brands John Player and Shikhar Filter Kings. Together with Standard Chartered they will be sponsors of a national league and the national team for five years in a deal worth Rs 200,000,000 (US$ 272,000). Alongside a national one-day league, a national two-day competition will be established.

CAN President Binaya Raj Pandey said, "We believe that our senior team has failed to perform as they could have because of the weak domestic structure and this will improve their performances in coming years."

With ACC funding, Nepal also plan construction of a high-altitude training centre at Mulpani, a village in the outlying regions of Kathmandu.
Afghanistan Builds

Construction work on a modern cricket stadium has started at Kabul University. Taj Malik, general secretary of the Afghanistan Cricket Federation (ACF), says that the ground would be constructed on a 6-acre site of the Engineering Faculty of the university.

A lease for ten years has been agreed. Funding for the project is to come from the ACC allocation to Afghanistan, Afghani businesses and individual supporters of cricket in Afghanistan. ACF President Shahzada Masoud MP, inaugurating the site said, "The stadium will help in shining the abilities of the players. With construction of the stadium the players willl win more honour for country in international matches."
India's Women Receive Quantum Boost

Following India's triumph at the Women's Asia Cup last month, the Board of Control for Cricket in India gave evidence of its support for the women's game in India by announcing cash stipends for all national players.

Shubhangi Kulkarni, head of the Women's Cricket Association of India and Chairperson of the ACC Women’s Committee, says, "The present BCCI have been very supportive of women's cricket and it really makes the players feel like champions to be part of this set-up."

"I think women's cricket has really grown ever since the IWCC/ICC merger and both the BCCI and ICC are playing leading roles in creating opportunities for young girls to take up this great sport...I am sure, in days to come, we will see more multi-talented girls taking up the sport," added India's captain Mithali Raj.
Malaysia To Host Two U-19 Tri-Series

Malaysia will play host to Sri Lanka and England in January and then take on India alongside England in February, as preparation starts for the U-19 World Cup in 2008. "It's a good exercise for all concerned as everyone's looking ahead to a tournament, (the U-19 World Cup), which is being taken very seriously by us as hosts and competitors. Malaysia could well spring a few surprises on the pitch," says Mahinda Vallipuram, Vice President of the Malaysian Cricket Association.
Nepal And Singapore Receive World Cup Chances

The latest ICC Development Committee meeting in Uganda saw Nepal, Singapore and Jersey chosen as the final three members of World Cricket League Division 5. They join Afghanistan as Asia’s representatives in that ten-nation group. Afghanistan qualified as 2006 ACC Trophy semi-finalists.

Division 5’s matches will be played between April and June 2008 in one of the competing nations, with the top two countries advancing to Division 4. Hong Kong (Division 3), Oman (Division 2) and UAE (Division 2) are the ACC’s other members in line for the 2011 World Cup.

ACC Strategic Development Plan Approved

Development Officers Rumesh Ratnayake,
Roger Binny, Vece Paes, Iqbal Sikander
Sultan Rana
The ACC Executive Board has approved the ACC Strategic Development Plan for 2007-2011. “The plan is a major step forward in streamlining and focussing development activity with a view to making cricket stronger in each ACC member country. The plan is the blueprint for game-building throughout the region. It is structured so that the six countries in line for World Cup qualification in 2011 receive the best possible support and, looking past 2011, that other countries will be in the World Cup frame too,” says ACC Development Manager Sultan Rana.