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ACC Archived News - November 2011

Maldives' Bonuses
The Cricket Board of Maldives will be giving performance-related cash bonuses to its national team players from now on. Under the CBM Bonus Scheme there are rewards for 50s, 100s. 5-fors and team wins. “The Bonus Scheme has been instituted to reward excellence by players and to inspire the team to do well while on national duty,” says the CBM.
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A New Nineteen In Qatar
Migrants and their children have been almost exclusively representing the Arab countries in international cricket. For the simple reason that Arabs hadn’t and haven’t been exposed to it. That is changing. Oman have a policy dedicated to involving those of Arab origin in competitive cricket, Kuwait have had a couple of notable Arab players, UAE have increasingly active Arabian cricketers and now Qatar are recruiting potential new players from the local schools.
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Brunei Goes Schooling
Six schools have taken part in the first U-13 Junior School Cricket Competition in Brunei. It was the players’ first experience of competitive cricket and already some have been spotted who could be part of the 2012 U-15 national team. “With a little push and encouragement, cricket can reach anyone in Brunei”, says Brunei Darussalam Cricket Association Development Manager Rusdi Latif.
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Ishitaa Gidwani: Spirited Cricketer
There are many cricketers who impress with their talent, there are some who impress with their character, there are a few who impress with both. Hong Kong’s Ishitaa Gidwani, 19, is one of them.

A first-year student of Sports Science at Hong Kong University, Ishitaa spoke to us directly after a national team training session, a couple of days before Hong Kong’s women took on China’s at this year’s Hong Kong Sixes.

“Playing in the Asian Games was huge.”
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Cassim Suliman: Reactionary And Visionary
Cassim Suliman, 56, Chief Executive of the Africa Cricket Association has for long been committed to the cause of cricket as a vehicle for social transformation. Capable, colourful and a man who can get pretty much anything done in the vast continent thanks to his immense charm and leverage, he spoke to us in Kuala Lumpur during the most recent ICC Development Staff Conference.

“You cannot play normal sport in an abnormal society.”
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ICC Development Programme: Year 10
From The International Cricket Council

The International Cricket Council has announced details of the annual Pepsi ICC Development Programme Awards for 2011.

This is the tenth year of the awards, which form part of the ICC’s commitment to promoting excellence in cricket development outside the ICC’s Full Members. The awards are designed to recognise exceptional performance and service to the game in ICC Associate and Affiliate Member countries, highlighting cricket’s expanding reach and sharing best practice.
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Iran Holds On
Iran’s cricketers have been going through the mill in the past couple of years, through one thing and another, their teams have either not been appearing in international competition or when doing so, have not been playing as they should. All that may be about to change. “They have a new administration, one that really wants to create the best possible conditions for cricket in the Iran,” says ACC Development Programs Co-ordinator Ganesan Sundarammoorthy who has returned from the Islamic Republic after going there to help the new Association representatives understand the ACC’s and ICC’s administrative requirements.
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Afghans Back Themselves To Go Forward
National captain Nawroz Mangal and former captain Raees Ahmadzai were among the prominent candidates in the first ACC Level I coaching program held in Kabul recently. 21 of Afghan’s foremost aspiring coaches under the tutelage of ACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander went through the ABCs of teaching cricket. “It was nothing they did not know, you have some international cricketers there, who’ve played against the best in the world, what was gratifying was that all of them simply worked hard, did all the drills, answered and asked all the right questions and had the passion for the game that you like to see in coaches,” says Iqbal.
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Phuket Cricket
By Richard Lockwood
Thailand’s Phuket island has a magnificent new cricket ground which will see its first matches played this weekend.
The Alan Cooke Ground is set in idyllic surroundings next to a lake in the Thalang district and will host matches between the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) and a visiting Singapore Cricket Club side.
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ACC Twenty20 Cup Fixtures
The schedule for the third ACC Twenty20 Cup has been released. The tournament takes place in Nepal from December 1 to 11. The three top teams, along with Afghanistan who have prequalified by virtue of their ODI status, will move forward to the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in the UAE in March 2012, from which the top two will play in the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. The ACC teams taking part are those who will also be in the ACC Trophy Elite next year.
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