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ACC Archived News - September 2011

Daqing Makes A Dash
Daqing, a city in north-east China, is the latest in the People’s Republic to take to cricket. About as far away as you can be from any Test-playing country without being in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Daqing is the significant step in the evolution of China’s cricket. “We’re very impressed by their enthusiasm and welcome to cricket,” says Chinese Cricket Association’s Deputy Secretary General Zhang Tian.
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Oman's Nomads Have A Base
Oman’s 1100+ cricketers, growing in number and with an increasing number of native Arabs, need more places to play. With two of its four grounds lost this season to the demands of housing, the need has become even more pressing. A solution will present itself in December when Oman Cricket leases two grounds at Al Amerat to the south of Muscat, all League matches will now be played at the same place. “We do not want to have this nomadic life anymore,” says Oman Cricket’s Pankaj Khimji.
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Pepsi ICC WCL 6 Final: Guernsey Beat Malaysia To Win Pepsi ICC WCL Division 6
ICC, Kuala Lumpur: Guernsey snatched victory from the jaws of defeat today to beat Malaysia and win Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 6 (WCL Div. 6) at Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur. By virtue of reaching the final both teams have been promoted to WCL Div. 5 and will travel to Singapore in February.
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Budding Bhutan
The fourth year of schools championships has started in Bhutan, with the U-19 event. The championships have expanded, moving from the capital Thimphu to the outlying districts. This year almost all 40 schools across four districts and 18 different tournaments are involved. The growth has been organic, based on Bhutan’s development officers literally going outside the capital with a few bats and balls over the past few years and demonstrating the merits of the game.
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Pepsi ICC WCL 6 Day 4: Malaysia And Kuwait On The Edge
Jersey’s star bowler Anthony Hawkins-Kaye helped to trigger a batting collapse of hosts Malaysia giving the side its first win of the tournament. Meanwhile at Kinrara, Kuwait managed to chase down a reduced target to secure another win, this time against Fiji.
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Oman: Fresh Ground
17 candidates, including national men’s captain Hemal Mehta and women’s captain Vaishaly Jesrani took part in a Level I ACC Coaching course in Oman this month. They are part of a wave of new coaches who will be spreading cricket in schools and colleges in the country. And in a significant advance for the game in Oman, a new academy with the nation’s first ever turf wicket is finally ready.
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Pepsi ICC WCL 6 Day 1: Malaysia Beats Barren Kuwait
There was a late start to the biggest cricket tournament in some time for home side Malaysia. Overnight rain had led to damp conditions and play was delayed by 45 minutes. There was plenty at stake for both them and visitors Kuwait. Kuwait arrived in Malaysia as Division 8 and Division 7 champions. Malaysia, in Division 6 since 2009 are in the middle of a rebuilding phase, and need their seniors - all-rounder Suresh Navaratnam and opener Rakesh Madhavan in particular, to lead by example. Second ball of Kuwait's innings, they did: Irfan Bhatti caught by Rakesh at second slip off Suresh. Suresh bowled his opening overs well, finding bounce off a length and forcing the batsmen to play at almost every delivery. After 5 overs Kuwait, having won the toss, were 5 for 1, Hassan Ghulam doing a good job from the City End.
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Pepsi ICC WCL 6 Preview: Clash Of The Seasoned Campaigners
Malaysia host Fiji, Guernsey, Jersey, Kuwait, Nigeria in the latest Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 6 event, a competition that forms part of the qualification process for World Cup 2015. Even without the raised stakes, it promises to be a hard-fought contest.
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World Cup 2015: Associates' And Affiliates' Pathway
The ICC Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) met in London on 12 September 2011 for a routine meeting and adopted an ICC Development Committee proposal that a new 50-over League be introduced which will serve as the qualifying program for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. The top two teams in the eight team 50-over League will qualify automatically for the ICC Cricket World Cup and the remainder of the teams will be joined by the teams finishing third and fourth in the Pepsi World Cricket League Division 2 (the top two teams will compete in the new League) to decide the remaining two qualifiers. The event will take place at a venue and on a date still to be decided.
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Hong Kong's New Codes
The first nation-wide round of 2-day cricket matches in Hong Kong have been completed, with Hong Kong’s coach Charlie Burke “pretty impressed with how things have gone.” Hong Kong’s new Premier League, alongside a 50-over competition, played on a 2-day, two-innings basis. The five top-ranked teams in the country - Hong Kong Cricket Club, Kowloon Cricket Club, Lightning XI, Little Sai Wan Cricket Club, Pakistan Association – take each other on in a competition geared towards preparing Hong Kong’s elite cricketers for what coach Burke hopes will be qualification to World Cup 2015 and/or ICC Intercontinental Cup four-day cricket.
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Afghanistan's Ambitions
The old Soviet Union had them, China has had them since the days of Chairman Mao and now Afghanistan has one: a Five Year Plan. For cricket. Like all plans, especially those over five years, 99% of its success will depend not on what is said at the start but what is done every step of the way. Ambitious as it is, Afghanistan’s is achievable.
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