ASIA’S MEN UP FOR INCHEONBarring the absence of captain Mushfiqur Rahim who is getting married during the Incheon Asian Games, Bangladesh are sending close to their strongest possible side in defence of their gold medal from the previous event in Guangzhou. The squad have been match-hardened by a tour of the West Indies and will be in peak condition for Korea. As will everyone else. "A gold medal is something to treasure for one's whole life, it's an achievement for the whole country," says ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam.
MALAYSIA RACING THEIR GAMEMalaysia's cricketers have been training like never before as they prepare for the Incheon Asian Games and Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3. "There is an amazing level of commitment from the players, and I am confident it will pay off in results on the pitch," says national coach Bilal Asad, who has been instrumental in recruiting the services of fitness trainer Sheraz Khalid from the Pakistan Cricket Board for Malaysia.
RUMESH GETS THE BALL ROLLING IN BHUTANBhutan, beset by difficult cricketing weather, with limited and small playing grounds and with no turf wickets are nevertheless on the verge of an upturn in performance and fortunes. A new full-sized ground at Gelephu is in the planning stages, a new Bhutan Cricket Council Board Development Coach from Sri Lanka Shanaka Fernando has been appointed, and a fresh back of coaches has been created. "Given their limited resources Bhutan has come a fair way already, there's potential there and this new ground will definitely help them prepare better for international events," says ACC Development Officer for Bhutan Rumesh Ratnayake.
HONG KONG’S COACHES MAKE MORE COACHESHong Kong has just completed another Level I Coaching Course, this time with the most eminent group of coach educators yet. ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam, along with Hong Kong’s Director of Cricket Charlie Burke, Men's Assistant Coach Jawaid Iqbal, Women's Coach Najeeb Amar and Assistant Coach Chris Pickett as well as HKCA Development Officer Rob Lee, and National Squad Bowling Coach Simon Cook, took 31 emerging coaches through their certification process. "There is a real energy and commitment in Hong Kong for cricket and these coaches are on the first steps of what can be a productive career," says Aminul.