ACC Archived News - January 2010

KC And The Sunshine Band

Kuwait Cricket has welcomed the first intake into its new Academy at the Entertainment City ground. 160 children from the leading international cricket-playing schools in Kuwait turned up on the first day of tutoring at the new facilities in Doha, on the outskirts of Kuwait City.

Coaching is being conducted on Saturdays for now and Kuwait Cricket Secretary General Haider Farman affirms that "gradually the number of days will be increased and more training venues will be added."
Maldives Shore Up In Sri Lanka

Maldives's U-21 cricketers have been in Sri Lanka for two weeks preparing for the biggest challenge of their young lives: the South Asian Games in Bangladesh from January 29 to February 8, where they will be taking on the U-21 cricketers of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Cricket Board of Maldives President Ahmed Hassan Didi who is in Sri Lanka with the team says, "Our target is simple, that is to compete and to do it strongly."
Hong Kong: The Search For A Coach

Recently Hong Kong's cricketers have enjoyed considerable success under the guidance of former coach Aftab Habib. Following his rather abrupt resignation in October 2009 after the breakdown of contract renewal talks, the Hong Kong Cricket Association have been looking for a long-term successor to replace the former England international as national coach. Afzaal Haider, Hong Kong’s ex- national fast bowler, has been acting as interim coach after Aftab Habib’s departure.
Asian Development Winners Announced

The ACC has selected seven regional winners for this year's Pepsi ICC Development Programme Awards. The judging of the global awards across all five Development regions will take place in Dubai, with the winners being announced on February 28 2010.
China's Bio-Mechanics

ACC Development Officer for China Aminul Islam is on a three-week visit to Guangzhou to join national coaches Rashid Khan of Pakistan and Mamatha Maben of India to start preparations for the Asian Games in November. 14 men and 16 women chosen from 2009's tournaments and training sessions have been selected to take part in the camp.
Brunei's New Gameplan

Brunei, a small country on the tip of the north-eastern Malaysia, is aiming to make a substantial impact on the cause of cricket development. The Brunei Darussalam Cricket Association (BDCA) has taken a significant step forward in promoting the game in their country by translating the Laws of Cricket into Malay. Both Brunei and Malaysia share Malay as their national language. "Translating the laws into Malay is a brilliant move. It will make teaching the local cricketers a lot easier," said BDCA CEO Manzur Ahmed.
Bhutan: Ambitious For 2010

Bhutan's rise from ACC Challenge to ACC Elite divisions at U-15 and U-19 level over the past three years, as well as their launch of a promising women's cricket team has infused them with ambition and optimism for the challenges ahead.
Hong Kong Aims For The Asian Games

Hong Kong has started a campaign to find and groom enough cricketers of sufficient quality to represent them in both the men’s and women’s T20 events at the Asian Games in Guangzhou in November.
Myanmar Get A Mat

The Prem Cricket Academy based at the school in Chiang Mai, north Thailand at which half of the recent ACC U-19 Challenge Cup was played, have donated a wicket mat to the Myanmar Cricket Federation (MCF). "It is a great gift for us," says MCF Joint Secretary Michael Moosajee, 'with this mat we will be able to play a lot more cricket."
South Asian Games Highlights Cricket

The 11th South Asian Games to be held in Dhaka at the end of January will feature cricket for the first time. Seven of the eight countries at the Games at time of writing, hosts Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan (the exception), India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will play Twenty20 cricket contested by their U-21 teams.
Developing Nepal's Future Stars

Over the years Nepal have proven their dominance at age-group level, winning six of eight ACC tournaments since 2005. Currently ACC U-17 and women’s ACC Under-19 champions, Nepal are looking to get their hands on another trophy – the inaugural ACC U-16 Elite Cup which will be hosted by them in March 2010.
Afghanistan's 2010 Campaign Preparations Under Way

It’s a busy start to the year for Afghanistan’s cricketers as the U-19s play in the World Cup in New Zealand in January and the senior team have the World Twenty20 Qualifier in February. To prepare for New Zealand’s conditions the U-19s arrived a week early and the senior team have taken a squad of 25 to Sri Lanka.