TEAMS PREPARE TO BATTLE FOR PROMOTION IN PEPSI WORLD CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION 4 2014The six captains participating in Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 4 have spoken of their excitement ahead of the start of the event, which commences in Singapore on 21 June.
During the week-long tournament, Italy, Denmark, Jersey, Malaysia, Oman and host Singapore will lock horns for the chance to progress to WCL Div. 3, which will be played in Uganda from 26 October.
MALAYSIA DOES THE DEVELOPMENT ROUNDSMalaysia's national captain Ahmad Faiz and A Team and U-19 coach Thushara Kodikara have been selected for 'outstation' Kedah and Kuching to conduct high performance coaching programs. They are working to identify the most talented U-19s from these states to bring them into a national Development Squad. "These are players who have performed in the state competitions, from U-16 level onwards," says Malaysian Cricket Association's Development Manager Dinesh Muthuraman, "they will be in a one-year program for improvement and given every chance to develop as players."
ACC ELITE LEAGUE PREVIEW: SINGAPORE'S SPRINGBOARDThe ACC Elite League is the latest iteration of the former single division ACC Trophy of 1996 to 2006, which evolved into the two division ACC Trophy Elite and Challenge of 2008 to 2012 and which is now a three division Premier, Elite and Challenge League competition. The six teams gathering in Singapore are assured of tough competition in all of their five matches. Gone are the days when mere flair would prevail, the tight, focussed nature of our events which place a premium on skill, fitness and tactical awareness mean that over the course of the fifteen games of this ACC Elite League only the team which is superior in every aspect will win. The winning team in this event will be promoted to the ACC Premier League where the competition is even tougher and our ODI teams lie in wait. These countries, Afghanistan, Hong Kong, UAE as well as Nepal, have shown the others just below them that sustained effort over a number of years, properly planned and managed can lead to a presence on the global stage.