UAE QUALIFY FOR WORLD CUP 2015UAE have qualified for their second World Cup, their first after 1996. And this time the path was much longer and harder. It took in four years of the World Cricket League, and a challenging World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand with six tough games over 17 days against the best of their peers in order for them to qualify this time. There can be no denying they deserve to be in the next World Cup in March 2015 as one of the four Associates taking part, along with Afghanistan, Ireland and Scotland.
FUVAHMULAH FLOURISHINGFuvahmulah, a large island on the south of the Maldivian archipelago, just over 300 miles from Malé has just had its most eminent cricketing visitor so far, ACC Development Officer Venkatapathi Raju. The island, the site of the 2011 SAARC Trophy for the U-23 Test-playing nations, has a large ground in place. And now, emerging from the long grass, it has a group of enthusiastic young cricketers. "I was very impressed with the attitude and energy of these youngsters," says Raju, "it was very refreshing to work with players who have so much desire to improve and learn."
MALAYSIA TRAINING TEACHERSThe Malaysian Cricket Association have signed an MoU with the premier Teacher Training institution in the country, the Universiti Pendididkan Sultan Idris (Sultan Idris University of Education/UPSI) in Perak. Under the program, a succession of PE teachers from across Malaysia will be taught the basics of cricket coaching so that they can go and carry cricket back to their schools. "Until you get the teachers you can’t get the students," says the MCA’s Development Manager Dinesh Muthuraman.
ASIA’S 2013 DEVELOPMENT WINNERSAfghanistan and Thailand have nominations in four of the eight categories in which the 2013 Pepsi ICC Development Programme Awards are available for the Asia Region, with Iran, Malaysia, Oman and Saudi Arabia sharing the others. 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.
KUWAIT CRICKET LIGHTS UP BANKING AND SHIPPINGKuwait's domestic cricket is flourishing this season with two leagues. The inaugural Kuwait Banks Club League and Shipping Companies Cricket Tournament (in its 11th year) are underway, and in spite of the cold and heavy conditions for the night matches, high scores are being put up. "You cannot imagine the enthusiasm for cricket here," says Kuwait Cricket Director General Asad Baig. "For long we have been thinking of raising the competition levels for the players and these two tournaments are showing some good talent," he adds.
TAJIKISTAN TOURS AFGHANISTANNew ACC members Tajikistan have played three matches in Afghanistan, two 50-over matches and a Twenty20 against Afghanistan A. And have done rather well. On what was described as "a learning tour" by Tajikistan Cricket Federation Secretary General Ahmadshah Ahmadi, the visitors performed quite creditably.
ACC TOURNAMENTS STREAMLINEDThe Asian Cricket Council is adopting a fresh three-division competition structure for senior and age-group cricket from 2014. The format comes into play as a result of the tournament performances of teams in the past two-division structure, which has run since 2006.
ACC DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS REALIGNEDThe four ACC Development Officers Aminul Islam, Venkatapathi Raju, Rumesh Ratanayake, and Iqbal Sikander, 64 Tests and 166 ODIs between them, have each been assigned up to five countries in the region since 2003, to help coach, guide and monitor. Under the new ACC Strategic Development Plan their roles are to be expanded, redefined and the countries they work with changed.
ASIAN CRICKET COUNCIL PRESS RELEASEDhaka, January 16, 4PM
The twelfth Asia Cup will be held in Bangladesh at two separate venues in Dhaka. The tournament opens on Tuesday February 25th 2014 at Fatullah, with the Final on Saturday March 8th at Sher-e-Bangla stadium.
Five ODI nations are taking part for the first time, hosts Bangladesh along with Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Afghanistan an ODI nation since 2009, are making their Asia Cup debut. Pakistan are defending champions. This year’s event has 11 matches, where the last two Asia Cups had seven each.
ASIA CUP 2014 CONFIRMED FOR BANGLADESHThe Executive Board of the Asian Cricket Council at its meeting in Colombo on January 4th has accepted the bid for broadcast and grounds rights from STAR India Pvt Ltd for the Asia Cup 2014 scheduled to be held in Bangladesh.