ACC Archived News - September 2005

Cricket on the Great Wall

Cricket – “shen shi yun dong”, the Noble Game - has come to China. Following the conclusion in Beijing of the Asian Cricket Council’s inaugural Cricket Skills and Coaching Course for China, the Chinese Cricket Association hosted a high-level media conference at which local and international coaches were asked to contribute.

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The Asian Cricket Council has sent a coaching delegation to Beijing in a bid to help fast-track China as a competitive cricket nation.

The ACC’s Game Development consultants, Cricket Australia, and ACC Development Officer Rumesh Ratnayake lead the delegation which will run a six-day Cricket Skills and Coaching course for thirty coaches from Shanghai and Beijing. Many of the Chinese coaches work at university-level in various ball-sports.

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As an important exercise in preparation for the U-19 World Cup, Afro-Asian Cricket Cooperation (AACC) will be holding a six-nation, sixteen-match tournament in the Indian port city of Vishakapatnam from 19 -27 November, 2005. India, Pakistan. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be playing along with South Africa and Zimbabwe.


They wore our shirts with pride during the Standard Chartered Afro-Asia Cup, once it was explained to them what the ACC represents.

“From Afghanistan to China, at least a billion cricketers and sports fans look to Asia’s top cricketers for guidance and an understanding of what it takes to be a champion in life. You inspire so many with your actions. The ACC works to develop and promote the game throughout our twenty-two member nations and a lot of it is done through the work of ACC Development Manager Sultan Rana and ACC Development Officer Rumesh Ratnayake” (Asia’s coach for this tournament) “and all their colleagues but you, the international stars have the most powerful impact. A few words from you would do so much to inspire the next generation of cricketers to follow in your footsteps and be the best cricketers they could possibly be.”

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Gerald Majola, CEO of South Africa Cricket, with Jagmohan Dalmiya. Cassim Suliman, Acting CEO of the Africa Cricket Association, looks on.

Durban, August 20: The first Executive Committee meeting of Afro-Asian Cricket Cooperation pushed forward with its agenda to "promote and develop cricket across Africa and Asia", by outlining a plan for commercial activities and development through A Team and age-group tournaments between the Test-playing nations and ICC Associates. Curator, coach and Academy-level exchanges are also on the cards.

"It's a long journey ahead of us and it will be a productive one. We have taken the important first step and results will follow. Playing standards and conditions will rise across our two continents as a result of our planning and professional activity," said Jagmohan Dalmiya, Chairman of Afro-Asian Cricket Cooperation and ACC President.

Initial activity following the completion of the 2005 Standard Chartered Afro-Asia Cup will centre on the disbursement of development funds, the 2005 U-19 Afro-Asia Cup in November and charitable donations to the sight-related causes chosen to receive 10% of the proceeds from the tournament.

Malaysia Seize The Day

A barnstorming run-chase late on the final day saw Malaysia race to a valuable three-wicket victory against Hong Kong in the latest Fast Track fixture.

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"The Chance Of A Second Innings": Eradication Of Blindness To Be Charitable Them

Jagmohan Dalmiya and Peter Chingoka in Durban

During the Afro-Asian Cricket Cooperation Executive Committee meeting of in Durban last month, a broad-based theme for their charitable donations was chosen.

“It was always our intention to make a meaningful and significant contribution to a worthwhile charity as a result of all the revenues raised from the staging of the Standard Chartered Afro-Asia Cup. We deliberated long and hard over the matter and found it best to choose a platform that will span activities across Africa and Asia,” said Jagmohan Dalmiya, Chairman of Afro-Asian Cricket Cooperation.

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Anil Kumble Inspires The Next Generation

Anil Kumble with the KZN Academy spinners and their coach Horatius Sokhnyile

In a break from practice during the Standard Chartered Afro-Asia Cup, Anil Kumble spoke to teenage spinners at the KwaZulu Natal Academy in Kingsmead, Durban. He passed on some invaluable tips.

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United For UNICEF

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ravi Shastri together with Anil Kumble and Virender Sehwag stepped out in Durban, before the second Standard Chartered Afro-Asia Cup match to meet children orphaned and affected by HIV/AIDS.

South Africa and India are the two countries with the largest number of HIV cases. India currently has 5.1 million HIV positive people and South Africa 5.3 million. Across the world millions of children under the age of 15 have lost one or both parents to AIDS. Without urgent, collective action, millions more children will face enormous risks in their struggle to stay alive.

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