More Men In OmanFirst there were three, then four and now five teams in the All Omani Summer T20 Cricket Tournament. Mabella retained the trophy they won last year, defeating Muscat by 42 runs after making 171. “It’s good to see cricket promoted among Arabs themselves, I’ve always been a firm believer that cricket can be enjoyed by anybody and with more Arab teams coming on board every year, its obvious that the game’s growing in Oman,” says ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura.
Qatar's Mesaieed Shapes UpEven in the baking heat of a 45ºC Qatari summer, the grass is green and lush at Qatars’ Mesaieed Stadium. 45 kilometres from the centre of Doha, home to a thriving commercial area, after four years work Mesaieed Industrial City has a new multi-purpose stadium. At present the ground has a matting wicket and it is expected to be fully turfed before the end of the year.
Guangzhou Gets GoingThe ground made famous during the Guangzhou Asian Games by the speed with which it was constructed at the Guangdong University of Technology has been given a new lease of life. An agreement has been signed with the University by the Asian Cricket Council, by which the ACC pays the University to allow the Chinese Cricket Association and Hong Kong Cricket Association exclusive use of the GDUT ground six months a year.
Asia Cup Dates AdjustedThe dates for Asia Cup 2012, originally to be played in Dhaka from the 1st to 11th March 2012 have been adjusted. India and Sri Lanka will be engaged in an ODI tri-series in Australia which is finishing on 8th March 2012. After due consultation with all the participating Boards and hosts Bangladesh, the dates of the eleventh Asia Cup have changed. It has now been agreed that Asia Cup 2012 will be played in Dhaka from the 12th to 22nd March 2012.
Laws Of Cricket Now In GujaratiSurat-based first-class umpire Keki Doodhwala has translated the Laws of Cricket into Gujarati. The 54-year old umpire completed the work in March 2011 and has recently received approval for its publication by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
Hong Kong And Singapore On TVIn a sign of growing awareness from broadcasters that cricket below ODI and Test level is a marketable proposition, domestic cricket in Hong Kong and Singapore is being televised.
Mulpani FlowingThe government of Nepal has joined with the Asian Cricket Council in funding the construction of a ground at Mulpani. The Cricket Association of Nepal declare that “the cost of the project is US Dollars 555,947/- out of which Nepal Government will be funding US Dollars 422,238/- and the balance will be made from funds allocated to CAN by ACC.” An agreement to fund the final stage of the project has been signed by Nepal’s Minister for Youth & Sports Hit Bahadur Tamang, Secretary of Ministry of Youth & Sports Shreeram Pant, Member Secretary of National Sports Council Rana Bahadur Shrestha and CAN President Binaya Raj Pandey.
ACC's Rumesh Ratnayake Seconded To Sri LankaACC Development Officer Rumesh Ratnayake has become interim coach of Sri Lanka for two months, starting on July 22. He will be with the national team during Australia’s three Test, five ODI and 2 T20i tour of Sri Lanka which starts on August 6 and ends on September 20. “It’s a great honour to be asked and I’m grateful to the ACC for releasing me. Taking on Australia’s always a challenge and knowing the boys as I do, I expect they’ll be very keen to perform to their full potential.”
ACC U-19 Challenge Cup Final: Saudis Reclaim The CrownFINAL: Kuwait v Saudi Arabia at Kinrara Oval, Malaysia
SAUDI ARABIA WON BY FOUR WICKETS
Saudi Arabia won the toss and elected to field
Kuwait: 125 all out off 35.3 overs (S.Tahir 31, F.Afrad 3-20)
Saudi Arabia: 129 for 6 off 42.3 overs (Z.Ahmed 38, A.Aslam 32*)
Man of the Match: Zubaid Ahmed (Saudi Arabia)
ACC U-19 Challenge Cup Day 4: Saudis: Final BoundSF2: Bhutan v Saudi Arabia at Selangor Turf Club
SAUDI ARABIA WON BY EIGHT WICKETS
Bhutan won the toss and chose to bat
Bhutan: 93 all out off 30 overs (K.Norbu 44)
Saudi Arabia: 96 for 2 off 14.4 overs (U.Khalid 41)
Man of the Match: Emad Uddin (Saudi Arabia)
ACC U-19 Challenge Cup Day 3: Kuwait Too Hot For MaldivesAnother scorcher at the Turf Club, the strong sunshine bouncing off the ground, and it’s humid. Tough day to be chasing leather and it’s surprising that Maldives have decided to bowl after winning the toss. Kuwait going well here, openers: the diminutive Tahir Naeem LHB and bigger and broader Naser Rashid RHB have taken their team to 49 for 0 and the four bowlers used by Maldives are struggling. Their fielders are looking lackadaisical already….
ACC U-19 Challenge Cup Day 2: Saudis Cruise Past MaldivesA must win match for Saudi Arabia if they are to have a chance of reaching the semi-final.
Saudi Arabia won the toss and will bowl first on a scorching morning at the picturesque Selangor Turf Club, a little ground on the side of Kuala Lumpur’s Racecourse. Has always been an excellent cricket wicket, with pace and bounce, rewarding bowlers and strokeplay.
ACC U-19 Challenge Cup Day 1: Group AKuwait v Saudi Arabia at Kinrara Oval
KUWAIT WON BY FIVE WICKETS
Kuwait won the toss and elected to field
Saudi Arabia: 142 all out off 43.1 overs (E.Uddin 40, F.Afrad 30)
Kuwait: 148 for 5 off 32 overs (N.Rashid 40, S.Tahir 54*)
Man of the Match: Sherjeel Tahir (Kuwait)
Kuwait Winning Well
ACC U-19 Challenge Cup Preview: Teens Compete To Leave A LegacyKuwait and Saudi Arabia, playing on the first day, may well play on the last day of the competition too, in the Final. They have players of flair and dynamism who are desperate to get back to the U-19 Elite Level where they feel they belong. Thing is, even if the other teams barring Bhutan in the competition: Brunei, China, Iran, Maldives, Myanmar haven't yet tasted Elite Level cricket they are credible aspirants for a place in the semi-finals at least. At which point, anything could happen.