On a macro-level Cricket Australia have been working with the ACC since 2003, managing and consulting on coaching programs for all ACC member countries. Regarding this landmark micro-initiative between a country and an Australian state, Cricket Australia International Game Development Manager Ross Turner says "it is clearly a positive step and there will be stronger cricketing performances from Malaysia as a result." MCA Vice President Sivanandan Chinnadurai is confident that the collaboration with WACA will only yield positives for the future of Malaysian cricket. "WACA has a fantastic structure and an excellent track record and that is why I am sure there will be returns from this partnership with them," he said.

Tours of Malaysia by the Western Australia state side, the Warriors, who feature six full-internationals in their side, are projected up to 2011. A proposed tour in September 2008 had to be called off at the last-minute, but others will follow.

Suhan Kumar, Best Batsman ACC Trophy Elite 2008 Dinesh Muthuraman,Best Bowler ACC Trophy Elite 2008

The MCA’s Mr. Krishnasamy, who is also the ACC Vice President, spoke of Malaysia’s need to tie up with “a cricketing giant” in order to improve cricketing standards in Malaysia. “We want to maintain this positive partnership with WACA as it will lead to the production of better cricketers here. With WACA players coming to train and play, our boys will be exposed to a higher level of the game”, he said.

P. Krishnasamy, Tunku Imran and ICC President-elect David Morgan at the launch of ICC U/19 World Cup 2008. Malaysia went on to beat Zimbabwe in the competition

Success costs and WACA aren’t coming for free, but in aligning themselves with a cricketing force which wants to expand its own horizons and share its expertise, Malaysia are on to a winner. The margins of victory in ICC World Cricket League matches are often small. Small advantages have a big impact. The coming years are likely to see Malaysia making their mark not only in Asia, but the world.

Related: Malaysian Cricket Signs MoU With WACA
Malaysia Profile

Filed 23 October, 2008