SINGAPORE SPECIALISESA new coach, fresh ambitions, a spectacular stadium about to be completed down the road and a golden jubilee to be celebrated next year – Singapore is aiming to capitalize on all its potential for success. Preparations for the first and second staging posts – the ACC Elite League and Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 4 have been underway for some time. "There are some good quality cricketers in Singapore," observes their ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam, "all they need is to improve in consistency and situation handling."
OMAN'S GIRLS: A NEW GENERATIONOman's women cricketers, one of the most enthusiastic from the Gulf region at one stage, who haven't been competing internationally since the ACC Women’s Twenty20 in 2011 are setting themselves up for another run. "I want this to be a 'top four' squad," says Oman Cricket's Lady Co-ordinator Level II coach Vasihali Jesrani, "one that finishes in the top four of every ACC event."
TEHRAN’S TERTIARY TRAININGIn response to an increase in domestic cricket and the start of a new men's cricket league, the Tehran Cricket Association has held its own training program for scorers and umpires. "An ambitious and praiseworthy initiative," says ACC Development Officer for Iran Iqbal Sikander. The day-long course at Azadi Stadium covered the basics of umpiring and scoring.
RAJU SEES ENCOURAGING SIGNS IN MALDIVESACC Development Officer Venkatapathi Raju has been in Maldives helping national coach Brendon Kuruppu prepare his team for the ACC Elite League event in Singapore in June. "Lots of good things there, worked with the spinners on a turf practice wicket in Malé, they look a team of potential," says Raju. His week-long visit also took in a Level I coaching course at Fuvahmulah and a school cricket event. "The ground was packed." says Raju.
SAUDI ARABIA ON THE FRONT FOOTACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander was in Saudi Arabia at the end of April on an intensive program which saw him take in an U-16 school tournament in Jeddah, train the national team for the forthcoming ACC Elite League, attend the Final of the National MoneyGram T20 Championship and have a "very useful and constructive discussion with SCC officials regarding the development of cricket and infrastructure in the Kingdom."
ACC MATCH REFEREES WORKSHOPThe first Match Referees Workshop for ACC officials has taken place in Kuala Lumpur. Conducted by ICC Referees and Umpires Manager Vince van der Bijl and ICC Regional Umpires Performance Manager Peter Manuel and assisted by ACC Umpiring Resource Person Bomi Jamula and the ACC Development Officers the three day program took the 37 participants through the preparation, process and post-match running of a game for Match Referees. It was the first of its kind held for an ICC Region.