ACC Archived News - May 2008

Iran's Women Get A Boost

ACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander and ACC Women's Cricket Committee member Shamsa Hashmi, both former Pakistan internationals will be going to Iran in July to "chalk out a training program for the women in Iran,' says Ms. Hashmi. "I hear they are very keen and though there may be more umpires and players, I believe that there is a lot of enthusiasm shown by all."
UAE Aim High at Asia Cup

The Emirates Cricket Board has selected their squad for the 2008 Asia Cup in Pakistan. Newly appointed UAE Coach, Vasbert Drakes is confident his team can perform well. "This is our best possible team and the Asia Cup is going to be very good exposure for my players. The team and I will set an objective and will work towards it," said Mr. Drakes.
Ray Mali: "Asia The Hub"

International Cricket Council President Ray Mali speaking at the weekend in Sharjah said "India has become the centre of attention and Asia has become the hub of the game. We will make sure in the ICC Future Tour Programme that the Asia Cup should be given more importance. We will make sure that the event is held on a regular basis."
Bhutan's 4000

With 4000 schoolchildren in cricket, the Board of Control for Cricket in Bhutan (BCCB) recently concluded its inaugural inter-school tournament in the class VI/VII (U13/U15) and VII/VIII (U15/U17) categories. Jigme Losel and Changgangka came out winners in their respective categories while Dechencholing were the winners in the girls U-19 group.
Hong Kong Gear Up For Asia Cup

The Hong Kong National selection panel has chosen their team for the upcoming Asia Cup to be held in Pakistan from June 24 to July 6.

The team leaves for Lahore on June 10 where they will play five 50-over matches against local opposition. Hong Kong will also undergo training in Lahore before flying to Karachi to play their Asia Cup matches.
Sri Lankans Come To Malaysia

With the aim to prepare Malaysia for the upcoming ACC Trophy, the HSS-MCA Franchise League starts in May and has received a boost with the arrival of seven Sri Lankan cricketers.
Reaching For The Top: World Cricket League Division Five

Three teams from the Asian region – Afghanistan, Nepal and Singapore – are in action at World Cricket League Division 5 in Jersey at the end of May, on their most significant step to World Cup qualification in 2011. The top two teams from the competition, which also include Jersey, Bahamas, Botswana, Germany, Japan, Mozambique, Norway, USA and Vanuatu, proceed to World Cricket League Division 4, joining Hong Kong, Fiji, Italy and Tanzania. The top two teams from Division 4 will advance to Division 3 from where the top two will play the ultimate World Cup 2011 qualifier next year.
A New National Coach for Malaysia

Sri Lankan World Cup winner Romesh Kaluwitharana has been appointed coach of the Malaysian senior squad on a short-term contract.

Five applicants are on the short-list for the long-term position as national coach of Malaysia but none are able to join before July. The Malaysian Cricket Association will bank on Kaluwitharana to boost the national squad in time for the ACC Trophy which takes place at the end of July.
China Strides Ahead

Twenty-five schools in Beijing, Tianjin, Shenyang and Shanghai welcomed ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam as he began his wide-ranging search to form a men's and women's cricket team to represent China at the 2010 Asian Games. 500 players were initially chosen after comprehensive skills training and game situations. From those, 289 will go forward into specialized training programs.
22 Teachers Undergo Level 0 Coaching

East Malaysia's Sabah Cricket Association conducted a three-day Level 0 Coaching Course for 22 teachers to introduce them to the game of cricket.

The teachers were invited from Tawau District Schools to explore the basics of the game as well as to participate in it. With whatever knowledge they gain from the course, they are encouraged to help teach their students about cricket.
Nepal Stun PCB Academy

Unbeaten on their tour of Bangladesh, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Academy team played three 50-over matches against Nepal. Preparing for their upcoming World Cricket League Division 5 in Jersey, Nepal looked to take on a stronger opposition.

Pakistan's batting and bowling dominance was apparent as they swept the first two games but Nepal came back strongly in the final game.
Death or Glory for Afghanistan

Never a team to do things by halves, especially when the cameras are trained upon them, the Afghanistan national team are staking their future as cricketers on the ICC World Cricket League Division 5, taking place in Jersey at the end of the month.

If they finish in the top two, they move up the ladder and take on Fiji, Hong Kong, Italy and Tanzania in Division 4, where a top two finish gets them to Division 3. Their goal is the 2011 World Cup. "If we don't get there, we have no future," says Raees Ahmadzai, one of the senior members of the team in a documentary being filmed by an English crew who will follow them on their quest, Out of the Ashes.
Nepal Prepare for WCL with PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board Academy team, fresh from a triumphant tour of Bangladesh where they won both 4-day Tests and a triangular series also featuring South Africa, are in Kathmandu to play three one-day matches. Nepal will be using the matches as preparation for the ICC World Cricket League Division 5 in Jersey at the end of May.
Talent Search Underway in China

With the specific aim of creating a team in time for the Guangzhou Asian Games in November of 2010, ACC Development Officer for China and national coach Rashid Khan have embarked upon a rigorous search for playing talent. Six Chinese coaches (Level I certified) are assisting Aminul Islam and Rashid Khan as they hold intensive three-to five day training across secondary schools, colleges and universities in May in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shenyang and Tianjin.
Afghanistan Cricket Takes to the Provinces

Helmand province in south-west Afghanistan held a five-day cricket tournament between eight teams in April. Six local sides as well as one formed by Afghan Telecoms company Roshan played against a representative side of the national team.
Singapore's Sagar Hits World's First Twenty20 200

28-year old Sagar Kulkarni became the first batsman in the world to hit 200 in a Twenty20 match with an astonishing 219 off 56 deliveries in a league game in Singapore. Sagar's heroics helped his Marina Club team to 368 for 3 off their 20 overs and a mammoth victory. Batting at the other end was his team-mate in the Singapore national side Dharmichand Mulewa (89 off 44) who says, "Sagar's most amazing shot was a six over extra-cover which went out of the Kallang ground into the netball courts." The boundaries were 65 yards either side of the wicket. "Yes, that was quite a good shot, it was my second six," says Sagar.
Women's Asia Cup in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka host the fourth Women's Asia Cup starting on May 2, with the field expanded to include Bangladesh for the first time. India are defending champions and are looking to continue their sequence of victories. "The overall standard of play will be much better in this event, "says former Indian captain and Chair of the ACC Women's Committee Shubhangi Kulkarni, "Pakistan have come on strongly in the past two years and have qualified for next year’s World Cup. The addition of Bangladesh means that the competition will be very even throughout, though India should just have the edge."

Matches will be played in Dambulla and Kurunegala with the final at Kurunegela on May 11.