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ACC Archived News - October 2013

Raju Continues In UAE
ACC Development Officer Venkatapathi Raju in the UAE on a two-week assignment, has been busy. In comments released by the Emirates Cricket Board, Raju says “The ECB and (national coach) Aaqib Javed wanted me to oversee the preparations for the U-19 Asia Cup and U19 World Cup,” says Raju who also worked closely with the spinners in the team. “It’s been going great. The boys look fit and enthusiastic. We are ensuring they are not under too much of pressure playing a big tournament and have fun playing the World Cup and enjoy themselves.”
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Myanmar Makes It To Level I
Myanmar has held its first ACC Level I Coaching Course. Conducted by ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam the course, he says, “has played a vital role to produce a few good Level I coaches.” An ACC Level I Umpiring Course ran at the same time too, conducted by Mahboob Shah. All the 18 participants had previously been through Level 0 courses in Myanmar over the summer.
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Raju In UAE
ACC Development Officer Venkatapathi Raju is in the UAE helping prepare the national team for the forthcoming ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier. “They’re in a challenging group but the team are and have been working very hard to finish on top and get to the World Cup next year,” says the former Indian international. Along with his work alongside UAE national coach Aaqib Javed, Raju will be spending time with the UAE U-19s as they prepare for the ACC U-19 Asia Cup and ICC U19 World Cup next year.
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ICC TAPP Flows For Afghanistan
Afghanistan have been awarded a further US$678,000 by the International Cricket Council through the Targeted Assistance Performance Programme (TAPP). It brings up the total amount pledged to Afghanistan under the scheme to US$1.1 million. Afghanistan were awarded Associate status in June and won a place in ICC World Cup 2015 in October. The ICC Board approved a recommendation to increase the assistance provided to Afghanistan at their recent meeting in London.
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Taipei Gets In Line
Chinese Taipei has held its first ever cricket coaching and umpiring course. ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam, ACC Umpiring Resource Person Bomi Jamula and ACC Level II Umpire Dr. Liu Jingmin were in Chiayi, a town 212 km south of Taipei City to conduct proceedings. 18 school and university Physical Education teachers from counties spread across the island took part in the five-day program. “Cricket was absolutely new to them but we were all very impressed by their willingness to learn,” says Aminul.
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Myanmar Opens Up
The Myanmar Cricket Federation have hosted their first international tour. Hong Kong’s Craigengower Cricket Club have been on a three-match tour of the country, taking in two games against the Myanmar national side. Hong Kong Cricket Association President Rodney Miles was part of the touring side and says, “the enthusiasm of the Myanmar cricketers was outstanding, they had the ‘spirit of cricket’. The immense amount of time and effort put in by our hosts to make the fixtures possible was much appreciated and the Myanmar side is a good one.”
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Millions For High Performance
The four countries that qualify for the next World Cup are in line to receive US$1.35 million each says the International Cricket Council. In line with the 2014 Development Funding Policy, High Performance Grants to the successful qualifiers to the 2015 event will receive US$350,000 at the end of the World Cup Qualifier next January and then US$1 million between 2014 and 2016. Furthermore the six nations that qualify for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next year will be eligible to receive a grant of US$250,000. Thus Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Nepal, UAE – should they qualify for both World Cups - could receive up to US$1.6 million more, on top of their existing ICC and ACC funding, for the next three years.
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Rumesh Has Faith In Nepal
ACC Development Officer for Nepal Rumesh Ratnayake is in Nepal helping to prepare the national squad for the forthcoming World Twenty20 Qualifier. Working closely with national coach Pubudu Dassanayake and alongside batting consultant Chris Harris of Cricket Victoria, Rumesh is in Kathmandu for ten days doing what he can to give Nepal the best possible chance to finish in the top six of the sixteen-nation Qualifier and thus win through to the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next March. “Preparation has been fantastic,” says the Sri Lankan fast-bowling specialist.
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Afghanistan Through To World Cup 2015
Afghanistan have qualified for World Cup 2015. They came through a 14-match Pepsi ICC World Cricket League campaign over 27 months to claim second place in the event from the last match of the competition and secure automatic qualification to the next World Cup in Australia. “We have waited 8 years for this, I have dreamed every day of my career for this day,” said Afghanistan’s match-winning captain Mohammad Nabi. News of the hard-fought victory against Kenya in front of 5000 fervent fans at Sharjah Stadium sparked celebrations across the country, with President Hamid Karzai personally congratulating the players by telephone.
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ACC U-19 Asia Cup 2014
Following the success of the inaugural ACC U-19 Asia Cup in 2012, the ACC is continuing the event with its second edition. The next ACC U-19 Asia Cup will be held in the UAE from December 2013 to January 2014 and will feature the Asian Test-playing countries’ U-19 sides as well as the top-four ranked Associate U-19s: Afghanistan, UAE, Malaysia, Nepal.
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ACC Teams Prepare For ICC Events
With two major ICC events coming up, the High Performance ACC members are readying themselves for the challenges ahead. First is the World Cup, then the World Twenty20. Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Nepal, UAE are contesting for the honours, aiming to qualify with their senior teams. “It is the biggest prize we could possibly hope to achieve,” says Mohammad Nabi of World Cup 50-over qualification. A view shared by his fellow competing captains.
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Thailand Get Special
Following a process initiated in 2012, the Cricket Association of Thailand have signed a MoU with Special Olympics Thailand this April. The accord between the two bodies is aimed at introducing cricket to the approximately 15000 athletes registered under the Special Olympics umbrella. “It’s a cause we are happy to get behind and are allocating many of our own resources to,” says CAT Chief Executive Mohideen Kader.
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