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ACC Archived News - January 2013

Preview: ACC Women's Championship 2013
Big Chance For ACC Women's Champions
Having taken on Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the recent ACC Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup, the region’s women have a chance to qualify for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20. A berth in the Qualifier for the 2014 World Cup is reserved for the winner of the this year’s ACC Women’s Championship. Three teams have the strongest chance. Three teams headed by Nepal.
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Nain Abidi: Changing Hearts And Minds In Pakistan
Following their encounter at the recent ACC Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup in Guangzhou, Hong Kong’s captain Ishitaa Gidwani, who made her international debut against Pakistan in 2006, engaged Pakistan’s star batter Nain Abidi in conversation in order to find out what makes a professional cricketer tick.

“We are not just playing cricket in Pakistan we are changing hearts and minds.”
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CAN Reshapes NCA
Nepal now has a place dedicated to cricket and cricketers with the opening of the National Cricket Academy in Kirtipur. The site is the old Tribhuvan University Pavilion which is being modified to house a gymnasium and an office. The most significant factor is that Nepal’s cricketers have one distinct location to practice, train and play under the eye of full-time coaches.
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Saudi Arabia, Now Ten, Wants A New Nineteen
The Saudi Cricket Centre is celebrating the tenth year of its formation with a talent hunt program in the Kingdom. And Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi will be on hand with ACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander as a judge. The event will take place over five days and Saudi Cricket Centre CEO Nadeem Nadwi says, “The best cricketers in domestic cricket have dreamt of competing for the national squads of Saudi Arabia and now their dreams are coming closer and I hope that they will chase their own dreams.”
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Afghanistan's Cricket Compulsion
The Afghanistan Cricket Board are working with the country’s Education Ministry on a plan to make cricket a compulsory part of physical education in schools. "We want to develop cricket in a proper way, and schools will be a big project. If we succeed in developing cricket in schools, we are quite sure that we will get good players in the country. And it will have a social value as well, especially for those who love this game but don't get a chance to play," says Board High Performance Manager Bashir Stanikzai.
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One Small Step For Cricket, One Giant Leap For Thailand
Thailand joins Malaysia and Nepal as the only ACC members to have cricket as a part of their state sporting championships.

Report from the Cricket Association of Thailand
Cricket in Thailand took another step forward as, for the first time, it became part of the National Games organized by the Sport Authority of Thailand. There were two four-team tournaments for men and women played over the course of three days. Chiang Mai played host to the event with a total of twelve 20-over matches staged at Gymkhana Club and Royal Chiang Mai Golf and Cricket Resort.
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Asia's 2012 Development Winners
Singapore have nominations in three of the eight categories in which the 2012 Pepsi ICC Development Programme Awards are available for the Asia Region, with Malaysia receiving two and Bhutan, Iran and Oman one each. The ACC award winners will now join winners from the four other ICC Regions for judging prior to the announcement of the ICC Global Awards later in the year. The Pepsi ICC Development Programme Annual Awards were established to recognize exceptional performance and service to the game of cricket in Associate and Affiliate member countries.
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A Warm-Weather Home For China
With temperatures in central and northern China typically below zero in the winter months, with severe frosts and heavy snows Chinese cricketers find themselves either confined to indoor gymnasia or not playing at all. The stadium in the southern city of Guangzhou, which enjoys temperatures up to 35° C higher than Beijing in January, built specially for the 2010 Asian Games has been signed over to the Chinese Cricket Association for its winter training and matchplay.
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Taiwan Unrolls Some Promise
The 2013 season holds much promise for new ACC member Chinese Taipei. Two universities have gathered players, there is growing local interest and already talent has been seen to emerge. “There is quite a way to go yet, things are at the planning and pledging stage but if all promises are kept, Taipei will come up to a decent standard,” says ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura who has been on an inspection tour of the country.
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Well Played, Nepal
The ICC’s current development slogan is ‘A Bigger, Better, Global Game’. The Cricket Association of Nepal’s seems to be ‘Think global, act local’. In an effort to sustain the success of their cricketers in the first part of this millennium, Nepal has launched a ‘Well Played’ program aimed at schoolchildren from 10-14 years of age. Structured training forms the core of the program.
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Saudi Schools In Yanbu Play
Four secondary schools have taken part in the latest Interschool Cricket Tournament in Saudi Arabia. Three schools from Yanbu and one from Rabigh, all on the western coast of the Kingdom, fielded teams in the competition. 76 children took part in the 10-overs a side event and Al Isra International School came through as winners.
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