U-17 Cup: Malaysia Set For Epic Contests

The ACC U-17 Cup is the fifth competition to be held by the Asian Cricket Council this year.

Age-group competitions stand as a significant factor in the development of cricket as administrators, coaches and competitors get a sense of just how far they have advanced in relation to other countries.

14 teams compete in 25 matches played across six venues in Malaysia over nine days. Even though Malaysia U-17s have an outstanding record at this level, plus home advantage, they cannot be certain of victory. "We have seen a tremendous rise in playing standards across the region and any number of teams have a chance of winning the Cup", says Sultan Rana, ACC Development Manager.

With 14 countries confirming their participation in the tournament, the groups came together as:

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Bahrain Saudi Arabia Nepal U.A.E.
Qatar Singapore Afghanistan Malaysia
Hong Kong Bhutan Brunei Thailand
Oman Kuwait

The tournament will be played at six venues across three cities: Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bahru from Friday the 5th to Sunday the 13th of August, with the final at the Bayumas Oval.

Charlie Chelliah, Organizing Committee Chairman, says: “We all expect this to be a very competitive tournament. Judging by the performances in the recent ACC U-15 Cup, any number of teams are in with a chance of winning, not least Malaysia who have the home advantage.”

The ACC have been impressed with the standards of play amongst our developing youth sides and U-17 activity, with so many cricketers on the verge of senior representation, is a strong indicator of a country’s future cricketing strength.

With an Under-19 tournament on the horizon, ACC member countries will be able to gauge their progress relative to each other very easily in 2005-2006. Sultan Rana, ACC Development Manager, states, “All this competition and exposure can only raise playing standards and I am sure I will be impressed by the cricketers on display.”

Filed August 3 2005