ACC Archived News - January 2012

Thailand's Coaches Tried And Tested
by Richard Lockwood, Cricket Association of Thailand

Venkatesh Prasad and Rumesh Ratnayake were in Chiang Mai in January to conduct an ACC Level I coaching course. Cricket in Thailand will benefit in many ways from their week long visit.
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Buddhi's Back And Sarika's Still On
Nepal’s Buddhi Pradhan and Singapore’s Sarika Siva Prasad have been reappointed into the ICC Associate and Affiliate International Umpires' Panel for 2012 following the ICC's annual review and selection process. They have been on this panel since 2005.
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Manzur Ahmed : In Memoriam
It is with great sadness that the ACC has heard of the passing of one of the game's true servants Manzur Ahmed, most recently CEO of the Bangladesh Cricket Board and formerly of the Brunei Darussalam Cricket Association. A long-time ACC Executive Board Member, Mr. Ahmed played more parts and held more positions in cricket than almost any other administrator in the world and throughout he was distinguished by his grace, integrity and good sense. "We have lost a comrade, a friend and a fellow cricketer. We will always remember his contribution to the game in Bangladesh and Brunei, and to Asia at large, with great affection and respect," says ACC Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Huq.
Second ACC Level III
The ACC has completed its second Level III coaching program, this time in Sri Lanka following the inaugural one in Bangladesh in October 2009. Twenty five aspiring national coaches from 17 ACC member countries took part in the event.
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Myanmar On Firmer Ground
It’s not easy getting things done in Myanmar. Getting things in is difficult and once they’re in, using them is problematic. Nevertheless, Myanmar’s first cricket ground is up and running. And being used for football too. Problematically. Nevertheless, they’ve achieved a lot even with all their inefficiencies and if it were not for certain things could achieve even more for the country.
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Singapore Trying To Get On Song
It’s been a tough year at the races for Singapore, in fact they haven’t even been at them. Absence from top flight ACC competition because of demotion from the Senior and U-19 Elite Levels has meant they’ve missed out on chances to qualify for this year’s ICC U/19 and Twenty20 World Cups. This from a country that at the end of 2008 were at the top of the ACC rankings.
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Maldives Amass
In what will be the busiest year yet for Maldives cricket, 11 domestic tournaments will be played, along with two ACC tournaments and an expected appearance in Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 8. “They’re climbing the ladder no doubt,” says ACC Development Officer for Maldives Rumesh Ratnayake, “and also doing enough to ensure they don’t fall back after some years of steady growth.”
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