“The execution of the program designed for the 2010 Asian Games has started,” says ACC Development Officer for China Aminul Islam. In China to prepare teams for three upcoming ACC events, the U-17 Challenge Cup, the ACC U-19 Women’s Cup and the ACC Trophy Challenge, Aminul has been seeking out new talent and training the established corps.
Working with China’s national coach Rashid Khan and fellow ACC Development Officer Rumesh Ratnayake, Aminul spent the latter part of September in Shenzhen at the Tongle School in a camp for sixteen players. The national assistant coach for the women’s team Ge Tao, who is also the cricket coach at Shenyang University, was also in attendance. Shenyang were national age-group and women’s champions in 2007.
“The players are very enthusiastic and keen to play for China,” says Aminul, “their mental fitness is excellent and they are highly disciplined.” Training camps for up to 20 cricketers at a time will continue once a month for the rest of the year.
Mamatha Maben, who played for India from 1993 to 2004 and captained them in 2003, has been appointed coach of the China women’s team following a request from the ACC to the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
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Filed October 8, 2008