ACC Archived News - March 2010

32 Coaches Complete Level II

The ACC's most recent Level II Coaching course has been held in Malaysia, with 32 participants from 16 countries including four women from Bahrain and Kuwait. The ACC's three Development Officers Aminul Islam, Iqbal Sikander and Rumesh Ratnayake conducted proceedings with the support of General Manager of Game Development Cricket Australia Ross Turner.
Thai Cricketers Demonstrate

"It's a revolution in Thailand," says Cricket Association of Thailand Chief Executive Mohideen Kader. Cricket is now firmly established as a part of the Thai sporting landscape with its introduction into the 10,000 athlete, 30-event National Youth Games currently going on in Phetchabun province in north-central Thailand. "There's been tremendous interest from Thai TV and journalists in cricket and even on our rest-day the organisers have asked us to play a demonstration game and run a coaching session so that more people can get to see cricket," adds Mr. Kader. Eighty children who had never before played cricket took part in the coaching, attended to by national players John Hottinger and Noppon Senamontree.

"With the understanding that cricket players can be agents of change and role models for children and families" is how the MoU between the United Nations Children's Fund and the Asian Cricket Council begins, in order to "develop advocacy initiatives aimed at promoting good nutrition, improved sanitation and the recognition that educated girls are fundamental to the health of families."
Level I Coaching For Iran

ACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander spent a week in Iran where the Iran Cricket Federation (ICF) conducted their first Level I coaching course.
Afghanistan's First Cricket Stadium

Chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board and Afghanistan Finance Minister Dr. Omar Zakhilwal has laid the foundation stone of the first ever cricket stadium in his country this week. The stadium will be built in the Ghazi Amanullah Khan Township located 15 kilometers east of Jalalabad city on the Jalalabad – Torkham Highway in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar.
Hong Kong Warm Up For Elite

The Hong Kong and Chinese national teams played a 50-over friendly at Kai Tak in Hong Kong. The game, a warm-up match for the Hong Kong team before the ACC Trophy Elite in Kuwait, saw them win comfortably by 179 runs.
ACC Umpires Bond

ACC Umpiring Resource Staff K. T. Francis, Mahboob Shah and Peter Manuel conducted a first of its kind 'Train the Umpires Trainer' course. The three-day course in Kuala Lumpur educated umpires on how to run the ACC Level '0' course in their own countries. 22 participants from 17 countries in the Asian region took part.
Development Starts

The new ACC U-16 competition category heralds a significant step in the evolution of development practice in the ACC. Put in place of U-15 and U-17 tournaments as they featured much of the same players in both tournaments and thus mitigated against creating new players, the sine qua non of development, the U-16 event marks another significant development in the development process with it being the first ACC tournament to insist on each participating team having three passport-holders of the country they represent on the field.
ACC Trophy Elite Fixtures Announced

After a run of three ACC Trophys in Malaysia Kuwait are hosting the event for the first time. “It is the biggest tournament in the history of Kuwait cricket so far and we hope not only that the home team does well, but that we too as a nation do a good job for the ACC and all visiting teams,” says Kuwait Cricket Director General Asad Baig.
Nepal Thrive In Five

Nepal’s senior team won their first international cricket tournament since the 2006 - 2007 ACC Premier League when they beat USA at home in the Final of Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 5. They won by five wickets chasing 172.
ICC Global Development Awards For Nepal

Binaya Raj Pandey, President of the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) receives this year's Pepsi ICC Development Programme Lifetime Service award. This is the second consecutive year that someone from the Asian region has been given this honour by the International Cricket Council, HRH Tunku Imran of the Malaysian Cricket Association (MCA) being recognized last year. As well as the Lifetime Service Award CAN won the Best Junior Cricket Initiative. Nepal's Development Awards came just two days after the national team's Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 5 victory.