MALAYSIA MAKES MORE25 young men and women, some of them national team players, most of them local school teachers, have taken part in the latest Malaysian Cricket Association Level I Coaching Course. Supported by the National Sports Council, the three-day program took place at the Kinrara Oval, with many of the participants, some from as far away as Sabah and Sarawak, staying at the dormitory attached to the ground for the duration.
CHIANG MAI CHAMPIONS IN CHANTHABURIChiang Mai's cricketers were figuratively 'over the moon' as they won both the men's and women's events at Chanthaburi in the latest edition of Thailand's National Youth Games. The annual event features the country’s best U-19 athletes across 40 disciplines and participation, let alone success, is quite a fillip to a young person's career.
AFGHANISTAN: THE NEXT GENERATION IS PLANTEDWith the national team impressing in the World Cup, and the U-19s already established as a force to watch, the next batch of Afghan national prospects is being sought out. Former national captain/national coach/national selector and current UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Raees Ahmadzai heads AYCSO (Afghan Youth Cricket Support Organisation), an NGO supported by Afghan Connection and MCC dedicated to boosting the positive impact of cricket across Afghanistan. He is currently engaged in training 112 boys aged between 16 and 19 years in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan. "It is tiring, I am exhausted, I am also very happy to see the talent that is here," says Mr. Ahmadzai.