ACC Archived News - July 2009

ACC Development Officers Are Reassigned

Aminul Islam, Rumesh Ratnayake and Iqbal Sikander
With the departure of Development Officer Roger Binny from the ACC, it has been necessary to reassign the five countries under his purview amongst the three remaining Development Officers Aminul Islam, Rumesh Ratnayake and Iqbal Sikander. They will be assigned to their respective countries from August 2009 until further notice.
Singapore Bullish Before Division 6 Event

Singapore are doing everything they possibly can to prepare for Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 6 feeling that even though they are good enough to play at higher Divisions they first have to do well at home, in this event. A top-two finish in the tournament will take Singapore back up to Division 5 where they were last year, and where they in fact beat eventual Division winners Afghanistan. Afghanistan eventually proceeding all the way to the ICC World Cup Qualifier.
Afghanistan To Play Its First ODIs

Afghanistan’s sixth place finish in the ICC World Cup Qualifier earlier in the year gave them One Day International status for four years and they will play their first two against the Netherlands at the end of August. This will follow two four-day matches in the ICC Intercontinental Cup against the Netherlands and Zimbabwe A earlier in the month. All Afghanistan’s matches are being played away.
Nepal Prepared For WCL Division 5

ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura and ICC Development Event Manager Andrew Faichney went to Nepal in July to assess Nepal’s preparedness for hosting Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 5 in January 2010.

Following an inspection of the facilities to be used in Nepal during the event Messrs. Warnapura and Faichney both expressed their satisfaction over the present situation in Nepal.
Bahrain: Aiming For World Cup 2015

Boosted by their performance in Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 7 in June this year, where they finished champions, Bahrain are busy creating the conditions for sustained success.

The Bahrain Cricket Association (BCA) has recently established the Bahrain National Cricket Academy at Al Najma to prepare for upcoming tournaments held by the ACC and ICC.
Asian Umpires Get Ahead

Umpires from four Associate countries will be officiating at Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 6 in Singapore later this year. Buddhi Bahadur Pradhan, Vinay Kumar Jha and Sanjay Gurung are the ones recommended by the ACC from Nepal for the event. The three other Asian umpires officiating are Sarika Siva Prasad of Singapore who shares equal ranking with Buddhi Pradhan in ICC tournaments as well as Kuwaiti eminence Riaz Chaudhary and Kevin Bishop from Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Has New Old General Manager

Danny Lai, 49, no stranger to Hong Kong cricket, has been re-appointed Hong Kong Cricket Association General Manager.

This is the second time he has held the post, returning after an interim of three years during which time he ran his own business. In all he has been a sports administrator in Hong Kong for fifteen years.
Saudis Spread The Game In Arabic

“From just a handful of Saudi players five years ago, we have close to 100 Saudi youths who are playing regular cricket today,” says Saudi Cricket Centre (SCC) CEO Nadeem Nadwi. This on top of the hundreds of cricketers of expatriate origin playing in the Kingdom. To reach a new generation of Saudis the SCC has reprinted the ICC’s 'What is Cricket?' in Arabic to distribute among local schools.
Cricket Rebuilds A Part Of The Maldives

The previously uninhabited island of Dhuvaafaru in the Maldives, developed by International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to settle the people from the island of Raa atoll Kandolhudhoo which was completely destroyed during the 2004 tsunami, has had its first island-wide sporting activity with a week-long cricket camp organized by the Cricket Board of Maldives (CBM).
Thailand: Cricket Through English

The Cricket Association of Thailand has started teaching English to its non-English speaking players and coaches. The Association runs all its local courses in Thai but in order for the coaches in turn to develop beyond the basics and reach international standards, coaches will need to attend courses held by the Asian Cricket Council which are conducted in English.
Brunei Gets On The Web

The Brunei Darussalam Cricket Association (BDCA) have launched a website,, the first by a sporting association in Brunei to promote themselves and cricket in the Sultanate.
Nepal Catch The Spirit And Throw It Out There

The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has released a promotional music video to celebrate the ICC Centenary in association with Nepal Tourism Board.

The 350-second video is called Mero Desh Pyaro Nepal (My Country, Lovely Nepal) with the music composed and sung by popular star Pramod Kharel.
ICC Awards For Asia

During the ACC Annual General Meeting in London last month, Asia’s regional winners in the Pepsi ICC Development Programmes Awards were presented with their trophies by Board of Control for Cricket in India Shashank Manohar.