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ACC Archived News - July 2013

Nepali And Thai Women On ACC Scholarships To Sri Lanka
Four of Nepal’s and Thailand’s women cricketers are being sent by the ACC to play Division 1 cricket in Sri Lanka in August. “It’s a great opportunity for them to develop and knowing the set-up in Sri Lanka I am sure that they will benefit from being there,” says ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura. The cricketers funded by the ACC to Sri Lanka are Roshani Bohara and Rubina Chhetri of Nepal and Nattaya Boochatham and Sornnarin Tippoch of Thailand.
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New ACC Sports Medicine And Fitness Policy
Following the ACC’s Sports Medicine Course in May, it has been decided to add value to the teaching by having the physiotherapists and trainers travelling with teams to ACC events to submit ‘fitness certificates’ for their players to the on site Development Officer or Tournament Director. “We are finding that our region’s players may be the equal or even superior in terms of skill to other regions, but their fitness levels are often less than the others,” says ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura.
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Thailand Show The World They Can Play Cricket
Having impressed in their first match of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier, Thailand women’s cricket team did even better in their second match by beating Netherlands by six wickets and it is an important milestone in the history of Thai cricket.

This result will be viewed with surprise around the world as Netherlands have competed in previous Women’s World Cups and play regularly against English counties but Thailand have been improving match by match over the last six months and built on a strong performance against Pakistan to gain their first victory in a major ICC competition.
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Umpiring Levels Up In Oman
Oman has held its first Level II Umpiring Course. 33 candidates from the Gulf region attended the four-day program in Muscat, conducted by ACC Resource Personnel Bomi Jamula and Mahboob Shah. “I was pleased to see the high level of successful passes,” says ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura.
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Nepal Rising From A Strong Base
24 players and coaches from all eight regions of Nepal were in Kathmandu this month for an ACC Level I coaching course. The course was led by ACC Development Officer Rumesh Ratnayake with the assistance of two local Level III coaches Jagat Tamatta and Binod Das. Among the aspirant coaches were national players Paras Khadka, Rahul Vishwakarma, Nary Thapa and Sobha Aale.
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Afghanistan Educates
The Afghanistan Cricket Board and Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education have formalised the initiative made at the start of the year. Both bodies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to introduce cricket into the physical education curriculum of schools in Afghanistan.
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Trip Of A Lifetime For Thailand's Women
Thailand women’s cricket team have said their farewells in Bangkok and are heading to Ireland on an exciting journey to take part in the qualifying competition for the next Women’s World Twenty20. The Thailand team’s last week of preparation in Chiang Mai saw them meet up with ACC Development Officer Venkatapathi Raju who gave them as much last minute advice as he could. “They’re in good shape, have a good attitude and will impress a lot of people,” says the former Indian international.
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Maldives U15 School League 2013
Maldives’s School Cricket League continued this year with a seven-team competition. Played over 20 overs a side, the ten-day U15 event had several competitive matches with a fair amount of talent on display. “These boys will form the basis of next year’s U-16 squad for ACC competition and it looks like there’s enough raw material to turn into good cricketers,” says ACC Development Officer for Maldives Rumesh Ratnayake.
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