Message From The ACC Chief Executive

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

This is particularly relevant at U-19 level where the top teams from each ICC region compete in a World Cup alongside the Full Member countries. Nepal have carried the ACC banner with credit in recent competitions beating four Full Members and their success is testimony to the passion and raw talent there is in Asia

Age-group competitions lay the foundations of future success, and the stronger countries are at junior and youth levels the better they will perform at senior level. Nepal have succeeded at all age-group levels but it is a trait that is not guaranteed to continue. Rising standards, better competition, greater exposure across all ACC members means that Nepal will be strongly challenged in the 2009 ACC U-19 Elite Cup. The increased level of competition can only help to strengthen cricket across Asia.

I expect that many of the cricketers in this tournament will go on to represent their countries at the senior level. All the cricketers and associations will have ambitions to reach the highest level. It is our wish as a development body to create the necessary conditions for as many of the cricketers playing in Kuwait this month to go on to play in future World Cups. It truly is an achievable target.

Kuwait has emerged as one of our foremost nations in the ACC in terms of infrastructure development and their prowess in hosting the ACC U-19 Elite Cup will go a long way in advancing their stature in the region.

I wish all teams every success in this tournament.

Syed Ashraful Huq
Chief Executive