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ACC Archived News - May 2012

Oman's Eight
For decades there had been none, for some years now, even four or six would not have been enough such is the increase in cricket activity in Oman. Now the Sultanate, after what Oman Cricket has called “a crippling crisis of grounds”, cricket in Oman has eight grounds, including one fully turfed one.
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Afghanistan Strengthen
The Afghanistan Cricket Board is positioning itself for an assault on ICC Associate Status. Their application to rise from Affiliate to Associate is on the Annual Conference agenda in Kuala Lumpur in June. Grounds have been built, competitions have been streamlined, finances have been shaped and May saw the return of their Chief Executive Officer Hamid Shinwari after a period studying for an MBA in Australia. Current acting CEO Nasim Danish will continue as his deputy.
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Singapore Starts Them Young
Cricket’s a simple game: - see ball, hit ball, catch it, throw it, bowl it – as Singapore Cricket Association demonstrated for a whole new generation at their Discovery Cricket Carnival at the Kallang.
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Rumesh Rumbles In Bhutan
“It has always been wonderful to work with Rumesh,” says Bhutan’s Head of Coaching Damber Singh Gurung of ACC Development Officer Rumesh Ratnayake, “his way of teaching is very simple and easy to adapt things quickly.” Perfect for a country which has been emerging from hopers to challengers to potential Elite level perennials. On a six-day visit to Bhutan this month Rumesh worked with the coaches and senior squad on all that they should aspire to.
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Thailand's Youth Stays National
Cricket is to be a part of Thailand’s National Youth Games in Phuket this month. It is the second time cricket has been at the Games and the event is “considered to be the pinnacle of youth sport competition” says the Cricket Association of Thailand (CAT).
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Malaysia Home For Four
Malaysia will be hosting another Pepsi ICC World Cricket League event, Division 4 this time. It is the second time they have done so. Malaysia will be playing against fellow Division 5 promoted side Singapore as well as Denmark, Nepal, Tanzania and USA. The event is likely to be held in September 2012 or January 2013.
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Chinese Players At Lord's
The Chinese players who are in England as part of the Capital Kids Cricket initiative have all arrived. “I cannot believe how friendly everyone has been,” says Yu Miao. “It was so nice to meet the England players before their Test match against West Indies at the Lord’s Cricket Ground and then we were all invited to watch the second day’s play.”
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Afghanistan Prepares For Australia
Former Australian international Geoff Lawson, previously Pakistan coach and then one-time ACC Level III course presenter is to be coach of Afghanistan at the ICC U/19 World Cup in Australia in August. Announcing the appointment, Afghanistan Cricket Board High Performance Program Manager Bashir Stanikzai, said “We approached Lawson because he has great knowledge and is a local”.
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More Coaches Through The Level II Straits
30 aspiring coaches have been in Singapore on the latest ACC Level II course. From 15 of the 18 non-Test playing member countries, they have been taken through their paces by Development Officers Aminul Islam, Rumesh Ratnayake and Iqbal Sikander. “Some of these coaches are still active as players in their national teams and this course will not only help them be better coaches it will help them be better players too,” says Iqbal Sikander.
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U-16 Elite: Already Some Stars
Malaysia’s a good place for cricket. Lush, plush grounds, turf you can slide, dive and give your best on, wickets that are fair to both bat and ball. Cricketers love being here, barring the occasional thunderstorm and high humidity. But the turf, the turf always makes up for it. The two grounds used in this year’s ACC U-16 Elite Bayuemas and Kinrara are among the best in any non-Test nation, good enough for ODIs. The region’s best schoolboys will have use of them this month in a tournament that will highlight not just how good they are but how good the systems that made them are.
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Qatar's School Stars
Qatar’s schools tournament, which has run in various modes over the years is becoming an increasingly substantial presence. An U-14 Boys School Cricket Tournament has been running for six weeks, ending in May. 12 schools are taking part.
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