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ACC Archived News - January 2011

Singapore Scores Big
With Singapore having more teams then ever, more fixtures than ever and with the stakes being higher than ever before, there has been a pressing need to establish a body of scorers up to the task of keeping score and preserving the records for all the rampant activity on the island state. The Singapore Cricket Association have held a course to train local scorers to sit at domestic fixtures. 34 candidates turned up at Stadium Boulevard last week to find out if they had what it takes.
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Sangakarra And Sehwag ThinkWise
ICC/UNICEF: They may be rivals on the field of play, but India opener Virender Sehwag and Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara have joined together to star in a new Think Wise campaign for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
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Chongming, China: Cricket
In what may be the first real sign of organic growth after several years of heavy watering from above, Shanghai Cricket Association with the help of Chongming High School (Chongming is a town 160 miles outside of Shanghai) has held a coaching course for 24 people. What makes this course significant is that it was funded solely by the participants themselves, who each paid 2400 Yuan (approx. US$350) for the privilege. “Normally in these courses everything is paid for by the ACC and ICC funds, this one was funded completely locally”, says ACC Development Officer for China Aminul Islam.
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Afghanistan In UAE
Afghanistan’s National and A Teams will be in the UAE at their home stadium in Sharjah in January and February. The National Team takes on Kenya and Canada, while the A Team will take on the UAE National Team. Afghanistan have won four out of seven ODIs against the same opposition.
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Thai Champions Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai confirmed its supremacy in Thailand’s domestic cricket scene by winning both male and female events in the National Youth Championships. Chiang Mai’s boys successfully defended the title they won in the inaugural championships in 2009 with the women, led by U-19 national captain Phira-on Kamla knocking over title holders Bangkok. “It’s good to see cricket branching-out beyond Bangkok,” says ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura, “Chiang Mai have now set a mark for others to match.”
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Pakistan's Golden Girls Receive Contracts
Pakistan’s women cricketers, who won their country’s first ever gold medal at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, have been rewarded for their success with the first ever central contracts for women cricketers in Pakistan. “We want to encourage our women players for their outstanding performance in the Asian Games and awarding central contracts would definitely help in giving financial stability to players to be more focused on the game,” says the Pakistan Cricket Board.
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Venkatesh Bowls First In Qatar
ACC Development Officer Venkatesh Prasad bowled the first ball at the new cricket ground in Doha, and said that it was “an excellent surface which will help in promoting cricket in Qatar.” A 10,000 seater stadium is planned at the site funded by the Qatar government and Qatar Olympic Committee, with the turf facility provided by the ACC.
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Hong Kong And Oman In Sri Lanka
Hong Kong and Oman have been preparing for their critical Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 encounter in January with tours of Sri Lanka. “It’s an ideal way to get match-sharp for the tournament, the players will get some tough opposition and most importantly for Oman, get familiar with turf in some excellent facilities,” says ACC Development Officer Rumesh Ratnayake.
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0 For Oman
Twenty novice coaches in Oman have taken their first steps towards accreditation with their participation in a Level 0 course in Muscat. Opening proceedings ACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander said, “This course will help in motivating some to the coaches and trainers here in the country. I strongly suggest Oman Cricket should come forward with more such innovative ideas in the future.”
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Thais Do Two
Thailand starts its second National Youth Cricket Championship this January with more teams and more players than before. Two more provinces are fielding teams compared to last year's Inaugural Event with 15 U-19 men's and women's teams in total. "This year there are almost 40% more cricketers taking part this year," says Cricket Association of Thailand Chief Executive Mohideen Kader.
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