ACC Archived News - June 2008

Brunei U-19 Girls Start Cricket

The Brunei Darussalam Cricket Association (BDCA) had it's first-ever cricket training camp for U-19 girls in June. 20 of its participants were involved in a series of basic cricketing drills.

ACC Development Officer for Brunei, Aminul Islam, conducted the four-day session and was very impressed with the "enthusiasm and spirit shown by the girls."
"Brave New World" for Associates and Affiliates

With a proposal to expand the ICC World Cricket League to Divisions 6, 7 and 8 from the current Divisions 1 – 5, a whole new batch of non-ODI countries, possibly 16 more than at present, will have the chance to play for a place in future World Cups.

"This is a brave new world for us all which will bring about many new opportunities. The current theme of the Development Program is to 'get ready!'" says the architect of the proposal, ICC Development Manager Matthew Kennedy.
Bandula Warnapura: New ACC Development Manager

Bandula Warnapura, the former Director of Operations at Sri Lanka Cricket and the country's first captain in Tests and ODIs is to be the new Development Manager of the Asian Cricket Council. He replaces Sultan Rana who resumed work at the Pakistan Cricket Board in April.

The ACC received 29 applications from around the world once the position was advertised on the ACC and ICC websites.
Hong Kong Sixes Land Biggest TV Deal

Hong Kong Cricket Sixes penned its biggest TV deal with Dubai-based Taj TV. Ten Sports will broadcast the two-day tournament across the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, North America, continental Europe, Hong Kong and Indonesia reaching over 100 million viewers.

Tournament Director, Mark Burns, spoke of the three- year agreement saying that “it is the biggest and most significant broadcasting deal in the 16-year history of our event. 16 hours of live cricket action will be shown and in terms of commercial growth and global exposure, this takes the Sixes to a whole new level,” added Mr. Burns.
ACC and AFC Together On Age-Verification

ACC Sports Medicine Officer Dr. Vece Paes has met with the Honorary Head of the Medical Department of the Asian Football Confederation Dr. Gurcharan Singh in Kuala Lumpur to exchange data and establish the "best-available method" to ascertain players' bone-ages prior to representation and competition.

"It is believed that aberrant age-differentials lead to performance advantages for older players and injury risks for the younger players," says Dr. Paes.
Asia Climbs The Ladder

Thanks to their ICC World Cricket League Division 5 win in Jersey, Afghanistan move up to 29th in the ICC global rankings.

Third-placed Nepal go up six places to 31st. Singapore, who were fifth overall, see the biggest rise. They move up eleven places to 33rd in the world.
GAGOC: Grounds For Optimism

The Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee (GAGOC) has set out its plans for the cricket venues for 2010 and beyond. “They will be building a permanent stadium and two training sites at a cost of US$7 million,” said ACC Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Huq.
UAE Mobilise Nationals

UAE's national cricket team is to have a minimum of four national players in all its representative squads from now on, with at least two of them being in each playing XI. "It's actually nothing new," says ECB Administrator Mazhar Khan, "there have been Arab nationals playing cricket in the UAE from the days of Abdulrahman Bukhatir but it's the first time that a decision like this has been formalized."
Afghanistan Take 5

Afghanistan won a gripping ICC World Cricket League Division 5 Final against Jersey by just two wickets chasing 80.

"It is unbelievable. It is a historic day for Afghanistan. I am very happy. The country is very happy," said Afghanistan's coach Taj Malik.

Afghanistan remain on track for a place in the 2011 World Cup.