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ACC Archived News - September 2013

Development Officers Focus On Malaysia
ACC Development Officer for Malaysia Aminul Islam was able to call on a little help from his friends and colleagues Venkatapathy Raju, Rumesh Ratnayake and Iqbal Sikander last week as an intensive training session for the Associate Member's pool of bowlers was held. Selangor’s Vimalan Palaniandy said, “I have never had to work so hard in so short a period of time before, I think my game has improved a lot.”
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Afghanistan Reaches Out To Tajikistan
In looking to spread cricket outwards from the centre, to involve more Afghans in the sport that has done so much to unite and harmonize their country, the Afghanistan Cricket Board is developing a relationship with the relatively junior ACC member the Tajikistan Cricket Federation. “We are sending our coaches and umpires to help them, donating cricket equipment and inviting the national team for a fixture against Afghanistan A in November in Nangarhar,” says ACB CEO Dr. Noor Muhammad.
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All Coaches Pass Through Level II
In a rare instance of all participants receiving a passing grade after completing their coaching assessments, the latest group of aspirants for ACC Level II certification have satisfied the assessors’ requirements. 33 coaches from seven ACC member countries went through the six-day program at Bukit Jalil Sports School in Kuala Lumpur under the guidance of ACC Development Officers Aminul Islam, Venkatapathy Raju, Rumesh Ratnayake and Iqbal Sikander with contributions from Roy Dias (batting), Dr. Amarjit Singh Gill (sports medicine), Pubalan Muniandy (conditioning) and Mohammad Salahuddin (fielding).
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Iran Starts Women's Cricket League
Six Iranian women’s cricket teams have taken part in the inaugural round of league cricket in the Republic. The sides represent eight provinces in all. The teams are playing Twenty20s in a round-robin format, and after the first round of matches, Bazargani Behdashtkar and Dena Sport Tehran head the tables with four wins each. In the head to head between the two, Bazargani beat Dena by 60 runs after posting 147 for 6.
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Myanmar Managing Through The Monsoons
While winter is the season for cricket in Myanmar, preparations for play are made in the off-season. In between heavy rains of the south-west monsoon. “We don’t want to be left behind while our neighbouring countries are doing well at cricket. We are striving to reach the golden days of Myanmar cricket,” says Michael Kyaw Min Moosajee of the Myanmar Cricket Federation.
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Afghanistan's First National Cricket League
With cricket spreading across the country in terms of player numbers, coaches, umpires and grounds in recent years thanks to the increasing prominence and success of the national team, the Afghanistan Cricket Board will be holding their inaugural national cricket league later this year. “The league will be composed of the country’s top cricket players, including the widely recognized members of the Afghanistan national cricket team,” says the Board.
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Bandula Warnapura: Innings Declared
Development Manager Bandula Warnapura has left his post after 61 months at the ACC. “It has been a wonderful 5 years and one month’s involvement with all of you as the Development Manager and proud to say that we have built a deep understanding and respect for with each other, over the past years,” he said in his farewell note to all ACC members. “Many thanks for all the assistance given and for the more than friendly hospitality extended to me during my visit to your countries.”
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Umpires Up A Level In KL
30 of the region’s most promising umpires have been through the latest ACC Level II Umpiring Program, held last month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Conducted by ACC Umpiring Resource Personnel Borni Jamula, Peter Manuel and Mahboob Shah, the five-day program was attended by participants from 10 countries.
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Rumesh Building Basics In Bhutan
ACC Development Officer for Bhutan Rumesh Ratnayake has completed his second ACC Level I Coaching Course. He took 13 coaches from Thimphu, Paro, Wangdue and Sarpang Districts through the program in August, reporting approvingly of the calibre of candidates. “They were a mix of national players and PE teachers, and I think they’ll have a good influence on cricket in Bhutan,” says the former international fast bowler.
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