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ACC Archived News - November 2012

Another Twenty In Qatar
Continuing their policy of reaching out to Arabian youth, the Qatar Cricket Association have been to Ali Bin Abi Taleb School in Doha and met with schoolchildren and teachers there. School Principal Fahad Al-Muslamani promised the QCA the school's “full co-operation to promote cricket and help the boys give serious attention to the coaching classes” to be carried out soon.
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UAE's International Ambitions At Home
The Emirates Cricket Board, having once fielded a team in the World Cup, want to be there again. With more home-grown cricketers. A revamp of domestic cricket is being seen to be the key, the aim being to create more competitive league matches and thus create more competitive cricketers.
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Towards Mongolia: China Update
Cricket and Mongolia are two things that have not been cited in the same sentence too often in the history of the world. They will be yoked together more often from now on. Aminul Islam has been to Liaoning Province, neighbouring vast Mongolia, continuing his mission to bring cricket to China. His latest, month-long, tour of the country has taken him to Guangzhou, Shenyang, Chaoyang, Linhai and Shanghai.
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Tough, No Turf, Iran
They never ceases to amaze, the cricketers of Iran. In the absence of what other countries take for granted: turf, artificial turf, bats, balls, pads and boxes, bottled water, let alone isotonic drinks, they nevertheless keep on playing cricket. Bigger picture, the country’s currency is collapsing, the Minister of Youth and Sport is under Parliamentary investigation and the national Olympic Committee isn’t currently supporting cricket. And yet there is a corner of a foreign field where cricket is played.
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Pepsi ICC Development Programme Awards 2012 Launched
The International Cricket Council has announced details of the annual Pepsi ICC Development Programme Awards for 2012. The awards, which have been running since 2002, 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 Gets An Audience
The Iran Cricket Association are taking on a fresh tack in their development program and taking the game to schools. “Their aim is to reach 3000 new schoolchildren in the Tehran region this year,” says ACC Development Officer for Iran Iqbal Sikander. With their first effort, the ICA have coached 150 girls.
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Rumesh Takes Nepal Through Its Paces
ACC Development Officer for Nepal Rumesh Ratnayake was in Kathmandu at the start of November for the first ever Fast Bowling Camp to be held in the country. 17 aspiring fast bowlers, among them Rubina Chhetri the national women’s captain, took part, some of them as young as 16. “Nepal’s not traditionally been a home for fast bowlers but there’s some decent talent here and our hope is that they perform to the best of their ability,” says Rumesh.
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India Win ACC Women's Twenty20 Asia Cup
50-over Women’s Asia Cup champions the four times it has been played, India won the inaugural Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup beating Pakistan in the Final in Guangzhou by 18 runs. China, Hong Kong, Nepal and Thailand joined the established cricketing countries Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka for the eight-day competition.
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