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.”

Iqbal Sikander concurs; “for some time now Iranian cricket has been a riddle wrapped around an enigma inside a mystery but there really is quite a lot of cricket played there. The facilities are basic but the players are keen.”

Last season was spent out of ACC competition. Iran missed their flight to Thailand for the ACC U-19 Challenge Cup because of heavy snow in Tehran and did not put up a team in the ACC U-15 Challenge Cup the month before. But, says ACC Events Executive K.K. Haridas, “they have just written to me saying ‘Iran is ready to participate in all kinds of tournaments in men’s or women’s games.’’

The first tournament they could play in would be the ACC U-17 Challenge Cup, followed soon after by the ACC U-19 Women’s Tournament and the ACC Trophy Challenge in January 2009, all in Thailand. “Iran’s cricketers have showed flashes of brilliance before,” says Mr. Sikander, “I hope that whatever Shamsa and I can contribute during our time in Iran helps them to realise a bit more of their potential.”

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2006 ACC U-15 Challenge Cup

Filed May 29, 2008