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ACC Archived News - May 2011

Phuket Starts
Phuket is to have its own cricket ground. Work starts on the 16,000 sq metre site in June. The multi-purpose facility will have an Astroturf wicket and a two-story clubhouse and aims to host regular Phuket league matches. In March 2012, Phuket will host the Thai National Youth Cricket Championship.
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The A Team v Pakistan A
Afghanistan are up for what is starting to feel like the biggest matches of their lives – and they have played India and South Africa in the ICC World Twenty20, won an ACC Trophy and ACC Twenty20 Cup, and been in the Final of the Asian Games in Guangzhou – when they take on Pakistan A in three 50-over matches starting this week. “This tour means a lot to us, we are playing Pakistan in Pakistan, they have six or seven players full international players, it is a genuine chance for us to prove we are good enough to play top-level cricket,” says Afghanistan’s captain Nawroz Mangal.
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Bhutan's Dot Com Collects
Bhutan held its third national Twenty20 Championship this year, new team Dot Com coming through as winners in the eight-team tournament. Dot Com were unbeaten throughout, winning by six wickets over BTCL in the final. National team all-rounder Jigme Singye was Player of the Tournament.
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ICC Intercontinental Cup 2011-13 Fixtures And Participating Teams Announced
The International Cricket Council’s first-class tournament, the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2011-13 will feature eight teams this edition – Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands, Namibia, Scotland and United Arab Emirates (UAE) when the tournament begins next month.

Namibia and UAE were selected by the ICC Development Committee to participate in the event having finished in the top four of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 2 tournament in April 2011.
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Brunei To Renew
“No doubt about it, Brunei Cricket is struggling,” says ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam. Bottom of the ACC rankings for the past four years, they have few players, minimal training and playing facilities and just two active coaches. “The ACC will always support them and out of all our member countries there will always be winners and losers. Brunei are tired of being at the bottom,” says Aminul, “where they can go is up to them from now on.”
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ACC U-19 Challenge Cup 2011
The fixtures for the ACC U-19 Challenge Cup have been set. The tournament will take place in Penang and Kuala Lumpur from July 2nd to 9th, with the capital hosting the playoffs, semi-finals and final. Eight teams take part, Bhutan, Brunei, China, Iran, Kuwait, Maldives, Myanmar and Saudi Arabia. The games will played over 50-overs and the top two will bequeath their age-group successors a place in the 2013 U-19 Elite Cup and a chance to qualify for ICC U/19 World Cup 2014.
ACC U-19 Challenge Cup 2011
Kuwait Win WCL 7
Kuwait won Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 7, beating Nigeria in the Final by 72 runs after being put in. “I don’t think we came into this tournament in Botswana as favourites. We played each game as it came and it worked out well for us as we came out victorious again,” said Kuwait’s captain Hisham Mirza.
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Uddin Comes To Get Things Done
Renowned groundsman Jashim Uddin is in Hong Kong to be the new Hong Kong Cricket Association curator. He comes after completing a six-month long assignment at the Guangzhou Asian Games where he helped establish China’s first international-standard cricket ground. “It’s a great honour and privilege to be working in Hong Kong,” says the soft-spoken curator, “I have been lucky to get to know how things work in this part of the world and hope to use all that I know in creating the best possible surfaces for Hong Kong’s cricketers to play on.”
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Kuwait Aim To Climb Higher
Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 8 champions Kuwait will be in Botswana at the start of May playing Division 7 and “we’re looking to win it also,” says captain Hisham Mirza, “we’re going to do our best.”
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