ACC Archived News - May 2005

Brilliant All-Round Performances By ACC Team

Karachi, May 22: The Select ACC U15 team touring Pakistan showed why they are truly the best young cricketers outside of the Test-playing nations of Asia when they displayed brilliant form during the first day’s play of their final tour match against Karachi Gymkhana.
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ACC U15 Register Exciting Win
(Match report by Professor Sirajul Islam Bukhari, Honorary Secretary, KCCA)

Karachi, May 19: The Select ACC U15 XI won their second match of the Pakistan tour when they beat A.O. U15 by 30 runs in a day-night match under floodlights at Asghar Ali Shah Stadium.
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Reasons Why Bangladesh Can Win In England

There are some who think England can beat Australia this summer, and those who think that must have enough imagination to think that Bangladesh could beat England too.

The ODI matches in June realistically offer the best chance of success but If Bangladesh play to their undoubted potential, England could be under considerable pressure in the Tests. Taking English wickets quickly and not allowing the wicket-keeper and tailenders to make runs will be the key.
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ACC and ACA Sign Historic Agreement

The Asian Cricket Council and African Cricket Association have come together in a venture to promote and develop cricket across Asia and Africa.

Mr. Peter Chingoka, President of the ACA affirmed: "We are confident that this agreement between the ACA and ACC will further strengthen existing ties between us. In a time of increasing global division, the body we have formed, Afro-Asian Cricket Co-Operation, will be a substantial symbol of international unity."

"The agreement runs for three years. We will be staging at least one ODI series between an Africa XI and Asia XI each year," says Mr. Chingoka. 10% of the net revenues from the staging of these ODIs will be donated to charity.

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KCCA-KPT U-15 v ACC U-15: Honours Even In Battling Draw

(Match report by Professor Sirajul Islam Bukhari, Honorary Secretary, KCCA)

Karachi, March 17: Select Asia U-15 batted bravely to draw with KCCA-KPT U-15 in a keenly contested 2-day cricket match played at KCCA Stadium on Tuesday.
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KCCA-KPT U-15 v ACC U-15: Evenly Poised Encounter

Mr. Shaharyar Khan, Chairman of the PCB,
with the two teams

Karachi, May 16:
An enterprising century opening partnership by Hamza Ishtiaque and Hafiz Asad for the KCCA-KPT U-15s handed the initiative to the home side on the first day of their two-day match against the visiting ACC Select XI.
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Under-15 Up For Pakistan

Karachi, May 16: The Select Asia ACC Under-15 cricket squad start their tour with a two-day match against KCCA-KPT Under-15s at the KCCA Stadium today.

Professor Bukhari with the Malaysian arrivals
The squad have been practicing at Karachi Gymkhana and Karachi National Stadium under the watchful eyes of Coach Mohammad Asim of Oman and Iqbal Sikander the ACC Development Officer and Manager of the squad.

Professor Bukhari welcoming the boys from Singapore
“The boys are very comfortable here and have settled down well. We have received excellent hospitality courtesy of Professor Bukhari of the KCCA. I expect the matches to be very competitive as though the Karachi boys will have local advantage, there is a lot of talent in the ACC squad”, aid Iqbal Sikander. “Our boys will learn a lot and go back home better players I am sure.”

The ACC Select U-15s will play three two-day matches during their tour.

Filed May 16 2005

Titans Of Sport Honoured

Jagmohan Dalmiya, the President of the ACC “in recognition for his contribution to the world of sports” is to receive the History of Sport Achievement Award this year, along with Sepp Blatter of FIFA and Juan Antonio Samaranch of the IOC. “They have helped to change the face of the world in the last twenty-five years through sport”, said the editors of the International Journal of the History of Sport, who are making the award.

The three were selected from a list put forward by 250 scholars of sport from around the world. The awards will mark the 25th anniversary of the IJHS, a publication dedicated to the historical study of sport in its political, cultural, social, educational, economic, spiritual and aesthetic dimensions.

Which is code for saying that the impact of these three titans has gone way beyond the sporting field. They are icons indivisible from the sports they represent and have carried forward their games in the same way as champion sportsmen. They have made sport more visible, more attractive, more vital, more marketable.

Speaking in Kuala Lumpur where he was chairing an ACC Executive Board Meeting, Mr. Dalmiya said “It is an honour to receive this award and is very much a reflection of all I have worked with. It is impossible to be a successful administrator by oneself and I have been very fortunate to work with good support.”

Filed May 12 2005

Laws Of Cricket To Be Published In Mandarin

The ACC are pleased to announce that the Hong Kong Cricket Association’s translation of the Laws of Cricket in to Mandarin has been ratifed by the MCC for publication.

‘Wood-ball’ is the literal translation of what cricket is called in Mandarin. Danny Lai of the HKCA says “because there are no cricket terms in Chinese we have to search for and sometimes develop new terms to accommodate the translation. Some terms we purposely kept in English simply because they are intrinsic cricket language and inseparable from the game.”

The translation took over six months to complete, with five people working on it - one translator and four staff from the HKCA to proof read. A huge labour of love by people dedicated to cricket, it took more than 500 hours to fine tune, amend, and finalise. “Very hard work”, confirms Danny Lai.

The Laws of Cricket in Mandarin now join the translations in Urdu (by ACC Umpiring Resource Person Mahboob Shah) and Marathi as Asian versions of the laws as codified by the MCC.

Mr. Li Gaochao, head of the Chinese Cricket Association says, “we expect this kind of step to have a very positive effect on promoting the game in China.”

Filed May 6 2005

ACC Determined To Set Level Playing Field

In a move guaranteed to establish in the fairest and most clinically precise way possible the integrity of age-group competition, the ACC recently ran a thorough Age Determination Programme at the recent U-15 ACC Cup.
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Future of Saudi Cricket Mapped Out

The ACC Chief Executive, Syed Ashraful Huq and Development Officer, Iqbal Sikander, during a tour of the Gulf welcomed news of Saudi Arabia’s progress in developing cricket within the kingdom.

“The ambitions of the Saudi Cricket Centre are laudable”, said Ashraful Huq. “They have the full backing of the state and their Patron in Chief and Chairperson Princess Ghada. We are very impressed by the fact that the Deputy Governor of Al Baha, Prince Faisal, has allocated ground for the construction of a turf-wicket stadium in his region.” Al Baha, in the south west of Saudi Arabia has an equable climate and is a popular year-round resort area.

Prince Faisal has also promised land in Jeddah and Riyadh for a cricket stadium. “Coupled with the news that there is to be an Academy in Jeddah, it promises well for the development of the game here”, said Iqbal Sikander. “Schools are being encouraged to take up cricket which is a very good sign and it is a policy which the ACC is very much emphasizing,” he added.

Filed May 6 2005

Laws of Cricket Translated Into Mandarin

Li Gaochao with Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie of the MCC

The Hong Kong Cricket Association have submitted the completed translation of the Laws of Cricket to the MCC for approval. Mr. Li Gaochao, of the Chinese Cricket Association said at the onset of the project, “we expect this kind of step to have a very positive effect on promoting the game in China.”

‘Wood-ball’ is the literal translation of cricket into Mandarin.

Filed May 4 2005

ICC Complete Inspection of Kuwait

The ACC and ICC team with H.E Sheikh Dari and
Haider Farman of the Kuwait Cricket Association

ICC Global Development Manager Matthew Kennedy and Ricardo Lord of the ICC Executive Committee embarked upon an intensive fact-finding mission to Kuwait, as the country bids to rise from ICC Affiliate to Associate. The Kuwait inspection followed closely after his inspection of Thailand, who also seek Associate status. Matthew Kennedy was able to say, “the clear evidence of cricket progression in these nations is a credit to the efforts of the ACC Development Program, as well as the national bodies.”

Filed May 4 2005

ACC U-17 Cup Dates Finalised

The ACC U-17 Cup for 2005 is to be held in Malaysia from the 4th to the 14th of August 2005. 16 teams will feature in four groups in matches taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bahru. A total of 34 matches will be played in the competition. Games will be 45 overs a side.

Filed May 4 2005

Kuwait and Malaysia Unveil New Websites

The Kuwait Cricket Association have created a brand new website, which carries news of all international and domestic scores as well as having a thorough picture archive. Highlight of the site is a feature on “Our Pride Dinesh Karthik”, which tells the story of India’s Test star who grew up in Kuwait.

The MCA have revamped their website, Their opening manifesto enshrines the following credo: “Establishing and maintaining the balance between participation, competition and enjoyment is one of the prime responsibilities with which each coach and administrator is entrusted in our pursuit for achieving excellence towards our 2020 vision - Test realisation.”

Filed May 4 2005