ACC Archived News - May 2009

Hong Kong Set Their Strategy

The Hong Kong Cricket Association (HKCA) under "the overall objective (to) become a leader in cricket administration and development and setting standards that ICC Associate members will aspire to," has published a 2009-2012 Strategic Plan. In a 9-point strategy the HKCA wish to implement a plan "that will increase the opportunity for all residents of Hong Kong to play cricket irrespective of their skill level."
Bahrain Climb The Ladder

Barn-storming cricket from Bahrain took them to their second international trophy, the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 7 when they beat hosts Guernsey in the Final of the competition. Bahrain were unbeaten throughout the tournament winning all six of their matches.
Saudis Get Serious

Big country, many cricketers, five associations: that's Saudi Arabian cricket. With that, there is a new feeling in the country to really develop cricket. "Saudi Arabia's cricketers have never had the chance to unite because the regional centres are so far apart. Now with the focus being to develop the regions themselves, cricketers can rely on an upgrade in facilities and fixtures," says ACC Development Officer for Saudi Arabia Iqbal Sikander.
Bhutan Catches the Spirit

Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness went up a few points last week as over 300 children and school-teachers took part in a cricket carnival organised by Bhutan Cricket in commemoration of the ICC’s Catch the Spirit centenary celebrations.

"We were amazed by the turn-out. Everyone had fun and I think we found a lot of new cricketers for the future," says national coach Damber Singh Gurung.
Myanmar Progressing

Myanmar's desire to develop continues apace with news of cricket being taken into another region of the country, Pago, north of Yangon in the Irrawaddy Delta region. What got there first, before any bats and balls was the movie ‘Boba’ a Myanmarese version of 'Lagaan', directed by Federation President U Nyunt Win which was a big hit across the country and raised awareness of cricket as a fun and playable sport. The local schools in Pago now wish to play the game.
Bhutan's U-19 Girls and Junior Boys Start Their Season

Bhutan started their second U-19 Girls Tournament in capital Thimphu last month with defending champions Dechecholing Middle Secondary School taking on Lungtenzampa Middle Secondary School. Dechecholing are the tournament favourites in the 30-overs a side competition, having eight of their players in the national U-19 side which took part in last year’s ACC U-19 Women’s Championship in Chiang Mai.
India Donates Equipment to China

71 boxes of cricket equipment valued at over 2 million INR (US$42,000) have arrived in Beijing after a long journey from the BCCI. Bats, balls, gloves, pads, stumps, protective gear have been received by the Chinese Cricket Association “like the coal in winter”, says Deputy Secretary General Zhang Tian, such has been the shortage of materials as the game is taken up by more and more people across China.
Afghanistan: The Next Generation

Fresh from their nation-wide euphoria inducing success at the ICC World Cup Qualifier in April, members of the Afghanistan side went to Jalalabad in northern Afghanistan to bring a whole new generation of cricketers in contact with cricket.

"This land in the mountains was at the heart of the Afghan war for independence," says Afghan national cricketer Raees Ahmadzai, "The people from here did not see cricket in Pakistan like many others, for them cricket is new and they love it. I think from here we will see new cricketers coming for Afghanistan."