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ACC Archived News - May 2013

Qatar's First Arab Schools
Showing the benefits of practice and preparation Al Razi School beat Ali Bin Taleb School by 10 wickets to win Qatar’s inaugural Arab Schools Cricket Tournament. Al Razi were the first of the four schools that have been introduced to cricket by the Qatar Cricket Association, in a development program that started last year.
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Afghanistan Advancing On The Coaching Front
With the game reaching out into new provinces, new towns and new schools, the Afghanistan Cricket Board are holding a Level 0 coaching program this week prior to running a Level I course next week. 34 candidates are in Kabul for the basic coaching course, and the best 20 of them will stay on for the Level I.
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Iqbal In Iran
ACC Development Officer for Iran Iqbal Sikander was in Tehran in May, conducting a Level I coaching course and to meet officials of the Iran Cricket Association “to find out,” he says, “the progress they have made since his last visit,” eighteen months ago. The course was conducted at Azadi Stadium where twenty four coaches from fifteen different cities participated.
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Chinese Sponsored For England
The Yang Foundation, a charitable organisation administered by the Chinese-American Yang family has donated four container loads of cricket equipment and financial stipends to the Chinese Cricket Association. The total value of the donation is US$250,000 and is directed initially towards a tour of England by China’s best U-16s.
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Rumesh Rocking And Rolling In The Maldives
ACC Development Officer for Maldives Rumesh Ratnayake, accompanied by Maldives ACC Level III coach Imad Ismail, embarked from Malé for the atoll of Hinnavaru to conduct a Level I coaching course earlier this month. “It took three hours and 10 minutes, by high-speed boat. I doubt that I will ever take that route again,” said Rumesh, who was buffeted by the choppy Indian Ocean in a way he has never hitherto been.
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ACC U-19 Elite: Afghanistan Win
Playing peerless cricket, even their warm-ups superior to any other team in the event, Afghanistan won their second consecutive U-19 Elite event, defeating UAE in the Final at the Kinrara Oval by 10 wickets. Afghanistan move forward to the ICC U19 World Cup in February 2014, where they will join the ten Test-playing countries, four other ICC regional qualifiers and UAE who are the hosts. “We came here to win, it was our responsibility to win this for Afghanistan,” said Afghanistan’s captain Nasir Jamal.
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ACC U-19 Elite Cup Preview: Direct Route To The Top
This year’s ACC U-19 Elite Cup serves as a direct feeder to the ICC U19 World Cup with the winner, or other finalist should the UAE make it to the Final, making it to the global event in the Emirates next year. There’s no other qualifying tournament in between as there has been for the last two U19 World Cups. The usual mix of favourites, dark horses and teams for whom staying in the Elite is the real goal have gathered in Malaysia.
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Afghanistan's Development Towards Associate Status
Afghanistan’s expected elevation to ICC Associate status has been predicated not only on the performance of the national team in ACC and ICC events but on the development of their cricket inside the country. Ten years ago people were using downed helicopters as dressing rooms when playing cricket, now they have two fully-turfed international size-stadiums with a third on the way. It has been a remarkable rise.
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