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ACC Archived News - March 2013

ACC Twenty20 2013: Preview
Two Go Through
In what is the most open ACC Twenty20 Cup yet, the fourth, and the second to be played in Nepal, two teams will go through to the ICC WorldTwenty20 Qualifier in November. Three-times winners Afghanistan have pre-qualified as an ODI nation and UAE are also through as hosts of the November qualifier. Which leaves two places up for grabs.
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City Of Great Education For Thai Cricket
Maha Sarakham, which literally means “City of Great Education” in Thai, is hosting the country’s current Youth National Games. It is the third time cricket has featured in the event and demonstrates the further embedding of cricket into the sporting curriculum of Thailand.
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Iran Goes West
Following their passage up north, Iran’s coaches Mahmood Rashid and Mozhdeh Bavenpour have been extending their tour to the west of Iran. Three new cities, Karaj, Sanandaj and Khoram Abad in the provinces of Alborz, Kurdistan and Lorestan have been introduced to cricket.
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Bhutan Has A Plan
Bhutan has been one of the unheralded successes of the global cricket development program. On the field they’ve risen from ACC Challenge to ACC Elite (ie second division to first) at all levels at various times, and even when they’ve been knocked back they keep coming back. In order to fulfil their potential the Bhutan Cricket Council Board has embarked upon a serious plan for development, one that makes use of every asset they have.
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Singapore Catches Them Early
The Singapore Cricket Association’s award-winning Discover Cricket Program continues with a platform at the ‘Rise and Shine Carnival’ for primary-school children. Over 1900 parents and youngsters attended the event, with the Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Manpower Dr. Amy Khor as the guest of honour.
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Iran Heads North
In the long history of Kurdistan (Kordestan) province, cricket has somehow not featured at all. That omission is being corrected by the Iran Cricket Association with their latest coaching program in the north-west of the country. 20 high-school students have gathered in a gymnasium in Kurdistan to be taken through the basics by national coach Mahmood Rashid and by Mozhdeh Bavenpour.
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Iran's Monir Habibi Wins Global Development Award
Monir Habibi of the Iran Cricket Association has been honoured with the Pepsi ICC Development Programme Annual Awards 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award for her dedicated efforts to increase participation rates and educate umpires and scorers. It is the first award Iran has received in the eleven years of the ICC Awards scheme. “It’s a great honour for me and the country,” said the modest lady from Tehran.
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