ACC Archived News - November 2009

Al Dhaid Inaugurated

The latest Bukhatir cricket project, Al Dhaid Sports Village and its turf ground was officially inaugurated during the Afghanistan v Saudi Arabia ACC Twenty20 Cup match by Abdulrahman Bukhatir.
Mahboob Shah In Malaysia

ACC Umpiring Resource Person Mahboob Shah, a veteran of 28 Tests and 32 One-Day Internationals, was in Malaysia to conduct a Level I course for the Malaysian Cricket Association this month. 22 umpires from Peninsular and East Malaysia attended the four-day course in Kuala Lumpur. "This course invited those umpires who have not only passed a Level 0 induction but who are active and interested in the game," says ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura.
World Cricket League Division 8 In Kuwait

Signs of developing cricket's greater expansion comes with news that Kuwait will host the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 8 in December 2010. The World Cricket League structure sets the pathway for more countries to qualify for World Cup 2015. World Cup 2011 had five divisional qualifiers for global Associates and Affiliates to join the top-most teams.

Kuwait and Bhutan are the ACC participants in the eight-team event WCL 8 event, and have earned their places by virtue of being the two countries in the top ten of the senior 50-over tournament, the next ACC Trophy, scheduled for April 2010, that haven't yet played in the World Cricket League.
Thailand's First National Youth Championships

176 of Thailand's best young cricketers are taking part in the country's first National Youth Cricket Championship. It is the latest link in a chain of events which started eight years ago in Thailand when local cricketers were first introduced to the game through a concept called ‘Sawasdee Cricket’.
Pepsi ICC Development Programme Awards 2009

For each of the past eight years, the International Cricket Council has recognised the work and achievements of individuals and Associations in the developing cricket world through a series of awards.

The Pepsi ICC Development Programme Awards for 2009 form part of the ICC’s commitment to promoting excellence in cricket development. The awards are designed to recognise exceptional performance and service to the game in ICC Associate and Affiliate Member countries.
China U-19s Land In Bangladesh

China's U-19 squad have arrived in Dhaka, Bangladesh at the start of a four-week stay at the Bangladesh Institute of Sports (BKSP). The Chinese will play matches against local youth teams and train extensively in preparation for the ACC U-19 Challenge in December. Eight of the squad are already in the national senior side, with a number of others in the frame, and getting ready for the Asian Games in November 2010 is the ultimate goal.
Guangzhou Gung Ho About Cricket

In their latest press conference in Guangzhou, the Olympic Council of Asia has emphasized its excitement at having cricket appear in the Asian Games for the first time, in its 16th event.

"Cricket is a popular sport in Asia, an old sport in the Indian sub-continent. I don't know how many million people play cricket in India but I know it is more than play football in Europe," said the Council’s Director General Husain Al-Musallam.
Bangladesh Hosts ACC Level III Coaching Course

10 former international cricketers were among the 29 coaches in attendance in Dhaka for the first ever ACC/CA Level III coaching course. “It’s the pinnacle of coach education programs,” said presenter and General Manager, Game Development at Cricket Australia Ross Turner. “It brings to a completion one complete cycle of ACC coach education which started with the first Level I course in 2001.”