A 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.”
First up is the ACC Elite League in the first half of June, Singapore need to win the six-team event in order to be promoted to the Premier League. Following that, at the end of June is WCL Division 4 which Singapore need to finish in the top two of, in order to advance their claims to a place in the World Cup 2019 Qualifiers. Two other ACC teams – Malaysia and Oman – as well as Denmark, Italy, and Jersey stand in their way. Singapore’s Coach Md. Salahuddin has been coaching in Malaysia for the last three years, so knows what to expect from Malaysia, and he saw Jersey in action during WCL Division 5 in Kuala Lumpur in March. A scouting mission during the ACC Premier League last month gave him a sighter of Oman. “Oman have a variety of spinners and being able to play them well is key for any team,” says Aminul. There are even plans to bring in two Test-match quality spinners from Bangladesh – Enamul Haque Jr and Suhrawadi Shuvo for the purpose of getting Singapore’s batsmen ready.
“The ACC’s priorities (the 2014-2018 Strategic Development Plan), Singapore’s, my priorities are to develop higher level cricket-performance and sustain quality participation in World Cups. Every team is able to make use of all that we have to offer, nevertheless there is something in the Singapore mindset at present that wants to really get ahead,” says Bangladesh’s former captain Aminul.
|ACC Strategic Priorities|
Develop higher-level cricket performance
Develop new markets for cricket
Sustain quality participation in World Cups
Substantially increase revenue at all levels
During his week in Singapore Aminul also took in the thrice-weekly junior cricket sessions at the Kallang cricket ground. The Singapore Cricket Association’s local qualified coaches run this activity in order to help them maintain the player pipeline and boost enjoyment and participation levels in the game.
Singapore Cricket Profile
Filed May 29th, 2014