ACC Archived News - March 2009

ICC World Cup Qualifier Preview
The captains of Oman and UAE along with Afghanistan’s Raees Ahmadzai opened up to the ICC prior to their departure for South Africa where their teams will play in the ultimate World Cup Qualifier for a place in World Cup 2011.

"If we do qualify there will be a lot of local interest and that is going to be a huge leap for the game."
Iran Goes International
Iranshahr, a city in Sistan & Baluchistan Province in south-eastern Iran, bordering Afghanistan and Pakistan with the Gulf of Oman to its south, recently completed Iran’s first international cricket tournament between eight local and foreign teams.
China Get Going

The cream of the Shenzhen women cricketers have reached Chengdu after a 31-hour train journey. Three more, including national captain, Mei Chun Hua, have joined them along with five softball players chosen for their fielding ability.

Ten of the national men’s squad are also in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in south central China. The slogan of this camp - they are given a fresh one each time - “Be Motivated By the Possibility”. Everyone’s aiming for the Asian Games in Guangzhou in November 2010.
Saudi Cricket: The Centre Spreads

Saudi Arabia is to hold its first ever regional tournament, taking the game across the vast kingdom. Six regional associations will field 104 teams for the Dil Se T20 Championship in what is being heralded by Saudi Cricket Centre (SCC) Chief Executive Officer Nadeem Nadwi as "the biggest event in the history of cricket in the Kingdom."
MCC To Play In Nepal

The MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club), always known for sending strong representative teams to spread the benefits of the game, will be in Nepal to play three 50-over matches, a Twenty20 and a three-day match against local opposition in March.

In his time as a player, Roy Dias took on just these kinds of sides prior to Sri Lanka achieving Test status.
China: Javed Jumps In
Pakistan’s Ambassador for Cricket to China Javed Miandad has completed his first visit to the People’s Republic.

He joined the men’s and women’s national squads at their spring training camp at Chengdu and personally worked with them on batting, fielding and wicket-keeping.

Iran Cricket Draws A Crowd

The Iran Cricket Federation have shown their wares at a sports exhibition in Tehran where more than fifty different local sports bodies were also present. Iran Cricket Federation President Sadegh Abedin and Vice President Dr. Reza Ali hosted the pavilion, along with Mr. Juggu Sawhneyof the Technical Committee. They were honoured by a visit from the Secretary General of Iran’s National Olympic Committee Bahram Afsharzadeh who said afterwards, “Cricket is new but we never thought this sport is improving in Iran but now we are excited that people welcome cricket. We will support cricket for Men's and Women's Asian Cricket Council tournament and specially the Guangzhou 2010 tournament."

In addition, the President of Iran’s Olympic Committee Ali and Physical Education Organisation Ali Abadi visited the pavilion during the five-day exhibition, inscribing a cricket bat with “I wish Iran Cricket Federation every success for improving this new and beautiful sport in our country.”
India's Maben In China
China’s new national women’s coach Mamatha Maben started her assignment in China this week with sessions in Shenzhen for the senior team. Her services have been provided by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

“It’s just been four sessions with them so far, but from what I have seen the girls have a good grasp of cricket and are showing a little potential, “ said Ms. Maben, a former India international.
Kuwait Ready for U-19 Elite

With just six weeks to go, Kuwait are more than ready for the ACC U-19 Elite Cup which starts at the end of April.

Four grounds, including their latest turf facility Sulaibiya, will be used during the ten-nation tournament. "Not only is this an ACC tournament, it is also an ICC U/19 World Cup qualifier so things have to go very well," says Kuwait Cricket Director General Asad Baig. "We are very much ready for all that is to come."
Asia's Development Winners Announced
Following the submission of nominations to the International Cricket Council (ICC) the Asian Cricket Council have announced their regional winners for the 2008 Pepsi ICC Development Programme Awards.

"These awards are important as they recognize and appreciate the hard work and development of cricket in the countries. It gives Associations encouragement to develop their governance and improve on planning. I am disappointed that not all countries have sent in nominations but pleased with the ones that have, and hope all will now follow suit", says ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura.
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ACC U-19 Elite Cup fixtures

The fixtures for the ACC U-19 Elite Cup in Kuwait have been announced.

Defending champions Nepal are favorites to win an unprecedented fifth consecutive U-19 tournament. The winner of the ten-nation ACC tournament will go forward to represent the Asia region in the 2010 ICC U/19 World Cup in Kenya.

"The U-19 Elite competition is strongly competitive. Most teams will be trying to defeat Nepal. It will surely be an interesting tournament." says ACC Events Executive K. K. Haridas.

UAE Announces World Cup Qualifier Squad

The UAE have completed their selection process for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier to be played in South Africa this April. Khurram Khan retains the captaincy, with former captains Saqib Ali and Arshad Ali also in the squad which is packed with all-rounders. Of the 15-man squad eight were at last year’s Asia Cup, while three - Khurram Khan, Arshad Ali and Naeemuddin Aslam - remain from the squad for the ICC Trophy in Ireland in 2005, the last time UAE were vying for a World Cup place.