ACC Archived News - July 2008

Cricket, Somehow, Iran

ACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander has completed a ten-day assignment in Iran, his first in two years to the country.

During the visit Iqbal Sikander had an opportunity to visit for the first time the remote villages and small towns where cricket has just started to be played. "It was a pleasant surprise to see so much interest not just in the players but also in the local Government officials who were very excited and optimistic about the future of cricket in their respective towns," says Mr. Sikander.
Oman's Big Plans

Riding a wave of success which had them win the ACC Twenty20 Cup and then top the table of World Cricket League Division 2 last year, Oman have announced plans to significantly develop cricket in the Sultanate.

Two international-standard grounds will be built at Al Emarat along with an academy. The project is expected to be completed by 2013 at an estimated cost of 2 million Oman rials (US $5.2 million).
Customs Academy: For Love of The Game

During the recent Asia Cup, ACC officials received an invitation to observe activities at the Customs Cricket Academy. Located in a Karachi suburb, the Academy was formed in 1999 and was the first in the country to be approved by the Pakistan Cricket Board. The Academy is a hive of activity, with children from 8 to 18 coming four days a week to play and practise after school under the guidance of twelve coaches. Chief Coach Jalaluddin, a genial bear of a man, is most famous for being the first cricketer to take a hat-trick in ODIs.
Saudis Translate Laws of Cricket into Arabic

The Saudi Cricket Centre has translated the Laws of Cricket into Arabic. "We translated the laws of cricket into Arabic mainly to spread awareness about the game. Today we have many Saudis playing at the different age groups," says the Saudi Cricket Centre Chief Executive Officer Nadeem Nadwi . The intention is to distribute the Laws to Saudi schools. "We realised that once we spread the information about the game, then it will be easier for us to attract them (youngsters)."
ACC Silver Jubilee Awards

A series of awards were given to cricketers past and present, administrators and an umpire during a gala ceremony in Karachi on the eve of the Asia Cup Final. They were:

Best Asian Test Batsman of the Year – Kumar Sangakarra  (Sri Lanka)

Best Asian Test Bowler of the Year – Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)

Best Asian ODI Batsman of the Year – Sachin Tendulkar (India)

Best Asian ODI Bowler of the Year – Farveez Maharoof (Sri Lanka)
Malaysian Cricket Signs MOU with WACA

The Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) and Malaysian Cricket Association (MCA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Kinrara Cricket Academy today. The MOU will stand for a period of four years and states that both organizations will cooperate and work towards their respective cricketing excellence.

WACA CEO, Graeme Wood said that WACA was "very excited to be working with the MCA" and that their aim would be to improve the quality of Malaysia's cricketers.
New Development Program Approved

The 2008-2009 ACC Development Program has been verified and passed on to all member countries for their perusal.

ACC Development Program Co-ordinator Ganesh Sundarammoorthy said that the development team were happy with the Program and that it was the outcome of a lot of hard work.