SUPPORT FOR CRICKETING THAISThe Cricket Association of Thailand have found a new base for cricket activity. Following the establishment of a residential youth academy in Doi Saket on the outskirts of Chiang Mai in 2012, another one has been started at Rattanakosin Somphot School on the outskirts of Bangkok. 22 boys and 21 girls from across Thailand, between the ages of 13 and 17, the star performers at the National Youth Games, have been granted admission by the school. CAT offers them education, accommodation, food, dress and nominal allowance.
SINGAPORE IN THE SWIM WITH NEW GYMSingapore's cricketers received a major boost to their performance potential with a new gymnasium at the Kallang Cricket Ground. The 550 square foot facility built exclusively for the use of the Singapore national team was inaugurated by Singapore Cricket Association President Khwaja Imran and Mariner's Cricket Club President Subhir Ghatak who is also a member of the SCA Technical Committee. The gymnasium has been donated by the Mariner's. At the opening ceremony Mr. Ghatak said, "We at Mariner's are happy to support our national team in every way we can and look forward to further winning performances from them."
IRAN ACTIVATESTehran's Azadi Stadium was again the scene of an Iranian coaching program. Run by national coach Mahmood Rasheed along with Monir Habibi and assisted by Hadis Karimi, the three-day course took a group of Physical Education teachers, players and U-16 novices through coaching modules.
RUMESH REFINES THE PACEMEN IN MALAYSIA AND SINGAPOREACC Development Officer Rumesh Ratnayake has been working with a batch of Malaysian and Singaporean fast bowlers. The national team and emerging group of players worked with the former Sri Lankan pace-bowler over a period of days in preparation for their international tournaments. "We're all looking for those extra one-percenters," says Rumesh, "the little things that make a difference over the course of a 120- or 300-ball match." Malaysia won Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 4 after Rumesh’s visit, a tournament in which Singapore finished second after themselves winning the ACC Elite League directly after their fast-bowling camp.
UMPIRES UP A LEVEL IN KUWAITAs play evolves, so does umpiring. The ACC's three Umpiring Resource Personnel Bomi Jamula, Peter Manuel and Mahboob Shah, 39 Tests and 82 ODIs between them, along with a wealth of teaching experience, have taken the latest batch of umpires from the Gulf region through a Level II program in Kuwait. "The candidates proved themselves to be good in the practical elements," says Bomi Jamula.
ANOTHER LEVEL II IN KUALA LUMPUR34 aspiring coaches from Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Qatar, Singapore and Thailand have been through the latest ACC Level II Coaching Program. The course took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and is the fourth to be held in the country in the past four years. ACC Development Officers Aminul Islam, Rumesh Ratnayake and Iqbal Sikander along with Malaysian external tutors Pubalan Muniandy and Dr. Amarjit Singh Gill took the coaches through the modules. "We were pleased to see the quality of candidates, all are likely to make strong contributions to their countries' players," says Iqbal Sikander.
OMAN ARE ASSOCIATESOman has become the ninth Asian region nation to become International Cricket Council Associates and the 38th overall. Oman joins Afghanistan (2013), Hong Kong (1969), Kuwait (2005), Malaysia (1967), Nepal (1996), Singapore (1974), Thailand (2005) and UAE (1990) as current ICC Associates from the Asian region. In a message of congratulations to Oman Cricket Chairman Kanak Khimji ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said, "this is a notable achievement in the development of our Great Sport in your country, particularly when considering that Oman only became an Affiliate Member of the ICC in 2000."
ACC ELECTS NEW PRESIDENTThe Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket Jayantha Dharmadasa, 65, has been elected the ACC's 23rd President. Mr. Dharmadasa takes over from the Board of Control for Cricket in India President Mr. Narayanaswami Srinivasan, who had held the post since 2012. The appointment took place at the ACC's AGM in Kuala Lumpur.