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ACC Archived News - June 2013

Afghanistan Are Associates
Afghanistan are the eighth Asian region nation to become ICC Associates and the 37th overall. “Afghanistan is the only country that receives the associate membership in a short period of time in reward to the efforts Afghanistan made for the promotion of cricket, said Afghanistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Dr. Noor Muhammad from the ICC Annual Conference in London. “We appreciate all your valuable effort for making this possible and I would like to thank and appreciate all ACC colleagues for their kind support.”
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Hong Kong Sets The Skills For Fresh Talent
Following recommendations from their clubs and then assessments by Hong Kong Cricket Association coaches 42 young cricketers have been selected for this summer’s Talent ID Program. The ten-week program is aimed at developing age-group squads for upcoming ACC competitions and is set to be a regular feature of every Hong Kong summer. “We’re trying to get them used to the culture of what is needed for the national team,” says national coach Charlie Burke, “so that when they play international matches it’s not such a huge jump.”
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Nepal, Climbing The Foothills
With World Cup 2015 a distinct possibility after Nepal’s surging climb to the World Cup Qualifiers from Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3, the foundations for similar prospects are being laid at Nepal’s National Cricket Academy. The current generation of successful cricketers are inspiring and coaching the next.
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Maldives: The Next Wave
Eight of the best young cricketers from Fuvahmulah have taken the 80-minute ride aboard a twin-prop De Havilland DHC-8 to Malé for a week of training and matches. Coached by Riyaz Rasheed in Fuvahmulah, the boys, aged from 10 to 14 were under the wing of Maldives national coach Nilantha Cooray and ACC Level II coaches Mohamed Saafee and Sujith. They played two hard ball matches and one tape ball match against U-16 and U-14 sides during their time in the capital. “This is a very talented squad,” says Cricket Board of Maldives Development Manager Imad Ismail.
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Tajikistan Cottons On
The Tajikistan Cricket Federation are hitching their wagon to the Afghanistan Cricket Board in order to accelerate their development. The neighbouring countries are exchanging coaches and playing fixtures in both countries. “We are very happy to partner with Afghanistan, ours and Afghanistan’s cricketers and coaches will have a good understanding now,” says Federation General Secretary Ahmed Shah.
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Iran Starts Scoring
More cricket activity across the provinces, following the spring push which took national coach Mahmood Rashid to Alborz, Kurdistan and Lorestan has meant more scheduled matches for the new cricketers of Iran. The Iran Cricket Association has recently completed a Basic Scorers and Umpires Course in Tehran.
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Iqbal In Afghanistan
When he first went to Afghanistan in 2003 he was one of the few international cricketers to have ever been in Afghanistan. Now ten years later, Iqbal Sikander is among dozens of them. Afghan internationals that is. “The development of quality cricketers by Afghanistan has been one of the remarkable stories of the last ten years. It happened because of some exceptional circumstances. The next generation is one that will be developed within Afghanistan, with cricketers from across the country,” says Iqbal.
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ACC Sports Medicine Course
Physiotherapists and coaches assigned to the national teams of ACC member countries who have not yet been on an ACC Sports Medicine Program were in Kuala Lumpur in May for the sixth such course of its kind. Dr. Vece Paes formerly of the ACC and now with the BCCI and AITA, with the assistance of Dr. Ashok Ahuja formerly of the National Institute of Sports in Patiala, conducted the four-day course which had 26 participants.
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Saudi Arabia's Biggest Ever Tournament
Saudi Arabia has just held its biggest ever tournament, the Moneygram Cricket Ke Badhshah, with a Final between Al-Ghamdi and Dopco Stars. Thanks to a six off the last ball Eastern Province’s Al Ghamdi picked up the winners’ cheque for 10,000 Riyals (approx. US$2700). Perhaps even more thrilling for the winners than the victory was the chance to meet the legendary Wasim Akram who was at Yanbu for the Final.
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DSB Win Bhutan's Twenty20
DSB are winners of the fourth BCCB Twenty20 Cup. They beat Tashas United into second-place following a closely-fought Super 4 round of matches in Thimphu. The ten-team event was the biggest yet so far in Bhutan and was sponsored by the Bhutan Olympic Committee as well as the Bhutan Cricket Council Board. Prize money almost trebled since the 2011 BCCB Twenty20 Cup, DSB pocketing Ngultrum 80,000 (US$1400) this time.
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Chinese Make Capital In England
Chinese cricketers are back in London, a year after their first visit, to again play and receive coaching. Their visit this year is far longer than last year’s tour, running for seventeen weeks at the invitation of Capital Kids Cricket and main sponsors Lycamobile. “China is a key centre in the development of international sport and the establishment of cricket there would go far towards guaranteeing its growth throughout the rest of the world,” says Capital Kids Cricket founder Haydn Turner.
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