ACC Archived News - September 2009

Afghanistan's Heroes Look For Others To Join Them

Raees Ahmadzai, former national captain, still a national player and for long the spokesman of Afghan cricket, has set up a Non-Governmental Organization with the specific purpose of finding more cricketers in his homeland.
Afghanistan And Hong Kong Qualify For U/19 World Cup 2010

Afghanistan, by finishing second in the ten-team ICC U/19 World Cup Qualifier in Toronto, and Hong Kong, by finishing sixth, are among the teams going through to join Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe in the 16-nation U/19 World Cup to be played in New Zealand next year.
Asia Cup 2010 Confirmed

Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will contest the next Asia Cup from June 15 to 25 next year. Seven ODIs will be played at a venue yet to be established.

“It wasn’t easy finding a window in the busy international schedule of these countries, yet all the Boards were extremely co-operative and keen for the tournament to go ahead so it was done with the good graces of all concerned,” says ACC Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Huq. “The Asia Cup has always been an affirmation of Asia’s core values of unity and fraternity and respect for the principle of developing cricket across the continent,” he adds.
Hong Kong Cricket Lands At Kai Tak

Long searching for a ground to call their own where they could properly train and play and even hold full-international matches, the Hong Kong Cricket Association have finally found what they’ve been looking for at Kai Tak, site of the former airport in Kowloon.

“Negotiations had been going for almost three years with the Hong Kong government and we finally got the lease in July,” says Association (HKCA) General manager Danny Lai.
Bhutan's School Season Goes On

Bhutan moved into the second half of their season of school cricket with the finals of the Girls’ U-16 and Boys’ Class 7 and 8 competitions. Choden Lower Secondary won the Girls’ U-16 competition and Chamgzamtok Lower Secondary School won the Boys’ competition. More than 400 girls played cricket in Bhutan this year and more will play next year. Boys cricket is booming, inspired by the national team’s success in ACC Challenge tournaments.
Singapore Win WCL Division 6

Playing in front of their warmly appreciative fans, Singapore won the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 6 by beating Bahrain in the Final by 68 runs at the Kallang.

“They were by far the best team in the tournament, with their skill, fitness and knowledge of match situations setting them apart,” says ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura who took in a number of the tournament’s matches. “A number of the teams suffered because of the age of the players and their fitness levels but overall the standard of play was good.”
Cricket Enters Thailand Youth Games

The development of cricket in Thailand has taken a huge step forward with its inclusion in the Thailand Youth Games (Makhamwan Games). Cricket joins the 30 other sporting disciplines in the March 2010 edition of the games in Vithyanukulnaree, in Petchabun province in north Thailand.
Cricket To Debut At ASEAN University Games

Thanks to some adroit lobbying by the Cricket Association of Thailand, cricket is to be the 19th discipline at next year’s ASEAN University Games. It will be the first time cricket has been featured in any form in the Games. “It’s yet another significant step in the growth of the game in the region,” says ACC Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Huq.

Cricket’s inclusion in the biennial Games came after a direct proposal to the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) was made by the Cricket Association of Thailand (CAT) with the support of the ACC. “Cricket is a rapidly growing sport among Thai teenagers,” says CAT Chief Executive and National Coach Mohideen Kader, “we felt the time was right to bring it to the University Sport Board’s attention.”