Aminul Islam : Top Starter
Aminul Islam, 40, is a national hero in Bangladesh, forever to be associated with scoring Bangladesh’s first Test century in their Inaugural Test. Since retirement he has established himself as a coach and commentator in both Bangladesh and Australia. In September 2007 he became an Asian Cricket Council Development Officer.

"Things happen on the field or in practice which just leave you admiring the ability and the potential to be really good cricketers that all these countries have."
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Rumesh Ratnayake: Sri Lankan Gem
Rumesh Ratnayake is an absolute legend. One of the players who put Sri Lanka on the map in the 1980s, he was renowned for his whole-hearted pace-bowling and big-hearted character. At his peak he was able to generate terrific bounce and pace and had the priceless ability to move the ball both ways in the air and off the pitch. His figures, good as they are, don't do him justice because he was often playing with injuries and playing for a team that was only just beginning to find its feet at international level. If he was playing today he'd undoubtedly be one of the world's leading all-rounders.

Since retiring as a player in 1993 he has been a national fast-bowling coach for Sri Lanka as well as coach of his old club Nondescripts in Colombo. He is a Level III certified coach and has been a Development Officer of the Asian Cricket Council since August 2001.

"It has been 16 years and I still can't make it back into the team!"
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Suhrawadi Shuvo: Bangladesh Cricket’s Future Star
19-year-old Suhrawadi Shuvo’s dream of playing senior-level cricket is not very far from most Bangladeshi boys his age. The slow left-arm orthodox bowler has impressed many with his performances at the first-class level and was named captain of the side sent to Malaysia for the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup in February 2008.

In his fifteen first-class matches up to then, he had taken 69 wickets and scored 384 runs with a top score of 72.

His three first-class matches saw him get 19 wickets, with two five-wicket hauls. An effective middle-order batsman, Shuvo represented his country at the 2006 U/19 World Cup in Sri Lanka. There he went on to take nine wickets in his six matches at an average of 14.44.
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Paras Khadka: Leading From The Front
Paras Khadka, 20, is Nepal’s captain in the forthcoming U/19 World Cup. The World Cup souvenir program says Paras is “arguably good enough to be in the line-up of any of the Test-playing countries.” A member of the side which has beaten South Africa and New Zealand in previous U/19 World Cups, he is set to become an indispensable part of the Nepal senior set-up. He leads from the front with bat and ball and was a most gracious interviewee over coffee in Kathmandu.

"The luck is with those who are successful."
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Buddhi Pradhan: Upright and Forthright
Nepal's Buddhi Pradhan, 34, "though my passport says I'm 32," is one of a new generation of Asian umpires who are achieving prominence around the world. Held in high esteem by colleagues and cricketers, he has officiated in 12 ODIs between Associate nations.

His decision-making and man-management are impressive. He calls it as he sees it and he sees it pretty well. In fact, his local district team don't like him to umpire in their matches because they know they will get absolutely no favours from him.
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Damber Singh Gurung: Student and Master
Damber Singh Gurung, 27, has played a major part in Bhutan’s rise as a cricketing nation. National captain, youth-team coach and all-round lynchpin of Bhutan’s cricket development program, he talks to us in Chiang Mai where his U-15 team made it to the Final of the ACC U-15 Challenge Cup for the second year in a row.
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Bangladesh's Big Hitter: Tajkia Akhtar
Tajkia Akhtar, 29, captain of Bangladesh’s Women’s Team, winners of the 2007 ACC Women’s Tournament, speaks about her love for the game and ambitions for her team and country.

“I did well in studies just so that I could play cricket.”
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Binaya Raj Pandey: Cricket Diplomat
Binaya Raj Pandey became President of the Cricket Association of Nepal in September 2006, having previously been an Honorary Secretary of the Association for 39 years. Small in stature, soft-spoken and exquisitely mannered, he brings with him the shrewdest of minds, the most adroit diplomatic skills and an ability to slowly but surely, get things done.

We spoke to him in Kuala Lumpur soon after the start of his term in office when he sought to outline his plans to overhaul cricket in Nepal to the ACC Secretariat. On his return to Kathmandu things indeed started happening – major sponsorships were announced, domestic cricket was revamped and work was started on a new training centre for national cricketers.

“We can play in the World Cup”
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Tamoor Sajjad: Teen Tyro
Back in August 2006, a 14-year old young Qatari came to Malaysia to play his first senior tournament. He was, by some distance, the youngest player in his team and was also the youngest player in the tournament. Yet he played the innings of the event during Qatar's quarter-final with UAE in the ACC Trophy.

Tamoor Sajjad's 53, against a formidable UAE eclipsed the efforts of the Saudi batsmen twice his age and size who had earlier made runs against those bowlers at the group stage. Why? Because it's not just the number of runs you make but how and when you make them that matters. This was the knock-out stage and the UAE, defending champions, were focussed on victory.
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Romesh Kaluwitharana: Player With A Past, Coach With A Future
Romesh Kaluwitharana, 37, was Sri Lanka’s wicket-keeper batsman the year they won the World Cup. He played 49 Tests and 189 ODIs from 1992 to 2004. Renowned for the audacity of his shot-making, together with opening partner Sanath Jayasuriya, he revolutionised one-day batting at the start of an innings. Since retirement he has coached Colts C.C. in Sri Lanka while conducting a career as an insurance executive. He was appointed by Sri Lanka Cricket to be a member of the 2006 ACC Committee to Evaluate China.

“Some people are born with that talent and if these few are coached well they will definitely represent their country.”
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