ACC Archived News - March 2008

ICC Chief Executive - "Cricket and the Olympics: A Potential Legacy"

ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed was a keynote speaker at a symposium held by the South Asian Studies Program of the University of Oxford at the end of March on the topic of ‘Olympic Legacies’.

All recent Olympic Games have had their own distinctive 'legacy' plans, from facilities development to inner-city regeneration, to internal nation-building and international promotion. Legacies are how the true worth of an Olympics are measured because the benefits from hosting them are what remain long after the medals have been presented.

All To Play For At The Asia Cup

The ninth Asia Cup is to be held in Pakistan between June 24 and July 6 and is sure to be the most competitive yet. India go into the event will all the momentum, having won the VB Series in Australia last month and will be up against defending champions and 2007 World Cup finalists Sri Lanka. Pakistan, as hosts, and with a resurgent team will want to assert their credentials with a very strong showing in the event and are just as likely as anybody to lift the cup in the Karachi final. Bangladesh too, on their day, could upset anybody, anytime.
Academic Afghans

The Afghanistan Cricket Federation has started training at a modern cricket centre in Kandahar in the south of the country. The building of the Kandahar Cricket Academy has been supported by the local sports council, a local cricket enthusiast Wali Amin and the Iranian embassy.

Kandahar currently has two concrete wickets and plans to install turf wickets and lights along with a bowling machine.
Kuwait Starts Work On New Ground

The Kuwait Cricket Association (KCA) have started work on their fourth fully-turfed ground. The land is at Sulaibiya in the suburbs of Kuwait City and is expected to be operational by May 2008. Sodding has started and the wicket-block is almost complete. The outfield will be grassed during the course of March.
Qatar Set For First Women's Cricket Tournament

The country’s first ever women’s cricket tournament will be held later this month, the Qatar Cricket Association (QCA) announced.

The start of the tournament has been tentatively fixed at March 22nd but a date will soon be confirmed when the QCA meet on March 15th.

“The QCA Challenge Cup will be a good opportunity for women cricketers to showcase their skills,” said QCA President M. A. Shahid.
Asian Games Organisers To Attend Asia Cup

"In order to get much more experience in preparation of the Asian Games", the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games organisers say "we are now making the plan of going out to observe the high-level games," and as such will be in Pakistan in June and July to observe the Asia Cup.

"This will be very constructive for them," says ACC Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Huq. "The administration of the Asia Cup will offer a tremendous learning opportunity to the Guangzhou organisers. In Guangzhou men's and women's teams from the Test-playing nations and China and three other Asian qualifiers will be taking part."
ACC Coach Educators Gather In Malaysia

'Next-generation' ACC coaching gets underway in Malaysia this month with the second ACC Coach Educators Program. "The course is designed for Level II-certified coaches and the intention is for them to learn how to conduct Level I courses in their home countries on their own," says Ganesan Sundrammoorthy, ACC Development Program Co-ordinator. "I expect a whole new generation of coaches for schools and clubs to be created within the next few years," says ACC Development Manager Sultan Rana.  The course will be conducted by ACC Development Officers Roger Binny, Aminul Islam, Dr. Vece Paes, Rumesh Ratnayake and Iqbal Sikander.
India win a thriller in Malaysia

India won the ICC U/19 World Cup with an all-round team display that just pipped South Africa in a gripping final at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. India made just 159 off 45.4 overs after being put in, due to some terrific South African bowling and fielding but came back strongly to have South Africa at 17 for 3 before a burst of heavy rain suspended play. Set a revised target of 116 in 25 overs, South Africa fell 12 runs short.