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ACC Archived News - June 2012

Fresh Fields For Umpires In Kuwait
Kuwait has been the latest location for an ACC Umpiring Course, Bomi Jamula taking 19 aspiring officials through their stentorian paces at the end of May. The five-day course consisted of four days of indoor lectures followed by an on-field demonstration, the course ending with a ‘visual review’ session and written test. The course will enable the local umpires to attain further umpiring qualifications and open the pathway for them to officiate in ACC and ICC international events.
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U-19 Asia Cup Preview: Lads On A Ladder
There have been four U-19 Asia Cups, going back to 1997-2003, they were played by Bangladesh the first two times prior to them becoming a Test nation. Papua New Guinea (then ACC members) were even runners-up the first time around. But this year's U-19 Asia Cup is the first time that non-Test nations are competing shoulder to shoulder with the Test-playing countries. "And my opinion is, that in the main they will not be disgraced," says ACC Event Manager Sultan Rana.
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UAE Bridges The Gulf
It’s been a long time coming but a change is going to come, oh yes it will.” Not quite the words of the ACC Development Manager, nevertheless certainly sentiments he’s expressing. Arabs are playing cricket in the Gulf in ever increasing numbers, and will in the years to come be challenging for places in the senior sides.
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Nepal's Coaches Climb
“Each coach can influence around 20 people a year if they so wish,” says ACC Development Officer Rumesh Ratnayake, “I’m delighted to see that another good batch is coming up in Nepal.”

15 aspiring coaches are the latest to have been through the latest Level 1 Coaching Course in Nepal this month.
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Chiang Mai Chips In
Not content with two turf grounds in Chiang Mai, the Cricket Association of Thailand has found a site for a new facility. It will be at the Royal Chiang Mai Golf Resort to the north of Chiang Mai, about five kilometres away from the Traidhos Oval (formerly Prem Oval) in Maerim. “It’s a fabulous opportunity for Thailand to accelerate their development,” says ACC Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Huq.
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