ACC Archived News - November 2006

ACC : Revamp And Refocus

Following proposals formulated at the latest Development Committee meeting in Pakistan, the Asian Cricket Council Executive body will be meeting in Pakistan in December to consider a number of key issues as it seeks to formulate policies geared towards the key issue of the next few years: 2011 World Cup qualification.
Much Urdu About The Laws Of Cricket

The Laws of Cricket have been published in Urdu thanks to a new translation by Pakistani umpire Parvaiz Azhar. Mr. Azhar is a Grade II Umpire in Pakistan and is currently officiating in the Patron’s Trophy.

ACC Resource Person Khizar Hayat proofed the translation and said, “Mr. Azhar used very simple and easy words. It can easily be understood by each and every umpire and I recommend it be used by all Urdu-speakers.” 500 copies have been distributed in Pakistan by the ACC and PCB with a copy also residing in the MCC library.
Hong Kong outpoint UAE

Facing off for the first time since their appearance in the 2006 ACC Trophy Final, improving Hong Kong took the honours in a high-scoring draw against the Emirates thanks to an awesome unbeaten double-century from Hussain Butt. Rain after lunch on the final day cost both teams any chance of forcing victory.
Nepal And Malaysia Settle For A Draw

Nepal and Malaysia fought out the final day of the game as Malaysia held on to get the draw at the Kinrara Oval today.
UAE: One Door Closes, Another Opens

Sharjah Cricket Council have opened a seven-ground cricket complex, the Al Dhaid Cricket Village, in the UAE. This move guarantees the future of club cricket in the Dubai-Sharjah area.

Cricketers in Dubai and the neighbouring Emirates were all shocked when the Dubai Cricket Council vacated seven grounds in Al Jadaf in February 2006. A solution was immediately sought by the Emirates Cricket Board and now hundreds of club cricketers have a place to play.
UAE Beat Back Nepal

UAE started their Premier League season with a hard-fought victory in Sharjah over challengers Nepal.
Rain Denies Hong Kong

Hong Kong finally looked to have achieved the synthesis they’ve been looking for between youth and experience as veteran Afzaal Haider and teenage Irfan Ahmed, ably supported by their team-mates, took Hong Kong to the brink of victory in their latest Premier League match. Had rain not intervened, late in the afternoon of the final day, Hong Kong would almost certainly have beaten Malaysia.
Rashid Khan To Coach In China

Former Pakistan international Rashid Khan (4 Tests and 29 ODIS from 1980-1985) will be coaching China’s cricketers as they prepare for the U-15 ACC Challenge Cup in December.

Mr. Khan has previously worked with the Pakistan U-19 teams and coached PIA and Karachi Harbour with considerable success as well as being a junior selector. His services have been donated to China by the Pakistan Cricket Board with the support of the Asian Cricket Council. He will be based in Shenzhen where the Chinese U-15 squad players have been based since the start of October.

Following the U15 tournament’s completion, Mr. Khan is likely to start working with the Chinese women’s team.

Thailand Camps It Up

Sixteen teenagers from across Thailand attended a selection camp at the resplendent Prem Tinsulanonda Center in Chiang Mai in the hope of proving themselves worthy of selection in the national side. With each day starting at 6.30 AM and continuing until sunset, the emphasis was on fitness. The camp was meant to push the young cricketers and to impress upon them the level of fitness required to excel at international level.
Mahboob Shah: Cricket Suits Iranian Women

ACC Umpiring Resource Persons Mahboob Shah and K. Parthasaradhy recently completed an ACC Elementary Umpiring and Scorers Course in Tehran. The course received wide coverage in the local media, Iranian television running special features on it. On its conclusion Mahboob Shah ran two further clinics in the outlying towns of Kerman and Qom.
CAN Will Do

The Executive Committee of the Cricket Association of Nepal has decided to restructure their domestic cricket to ensure that the success of the age-group is carried through to the senior level. “At age-group, the players have done wonders, yet the senior team hasn’t been able to perform that well,” says CAN President Binaya Raj Pandey. “We can’t blame the players, rather it is we who have the responsibility to seek the answers and we believe that it is because of the lack of exposure.”
Developing Nations To Be Berthed In Dubai

The array of top-class facilities being put into place at Dubai Sports City, home of the ICC's Global Cricket Academy, will be used for developing cricketing nations, says ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed.
Asia Cup Firmed Up

During discussions between Board Officials in India during the Champions Trophy it was confirmed that the Pakistan Cricket Board will stage the Asia Cup in April 2008. Lahore, Karachi and Rawalpindi will be the venues for the six-nation, thirteen match event. Exact dates will be established at a later stage.

Pakistan will also be hosting the Champions Trophy in September 2008.