Nepal and Singapore have been confirmed as winners of the 2006 ICC Global Development Awards with the Singapore Cricket Association winning the blue riband award of Best Overall Cricket Development Program.
Nepalganj (Development Region V of the Cricket Association of Nepal) in the south-west of the country has won recognition for the Best Women’s Cricket Initiative in their third year of existence. Thanks to the efforts of a broad base of volunteers, currently 1000 schoolgirls are registered as playing cricket in the region. ‘Hard-ball’.cricket was played by them for the first time this year.
Iqbal Sikander, ACC Development Officer for Singapore, says “The efforts of the SCA to develop cricket in Singapore have been broad-based and long-term and in the past year alone has seen cricket spread to girls, women and across school-children. The SCA have consistently distinguished themselves by the quality of their administration and this prestigious award is due recognition of their efforts.”