It is with great pleasure that the Asian Cricket Council finds itself in Kuwait for its latest U-19 Women's Championship, the third of its kind. Kuwait have always been fine hosts, most recently during last year's Women's Twenty20 which saw China and Hong Kong playing a thrilling final.

Women's cricket is a tremendous force for social good and its presence in the Gulf region is most heartening. As promoters and developers of the game, to witness the skill and passion with which girls are playing cricket reveals to us the fundamental appeal of this great sport. It is being played for the pure joy it brings in terms of athleticism, team-spirit and personal expression.

I know how very hard the cricketers train for events such as these, these events are held to reward the efforts of all of them and their coaches.

I trust that playing standards will continue to rise as they have been, and that all of these young cricketers at this year's ACC U-19 Women's Championship will continue playing this game for a long time. They are an inspiration to many.

Syed Ashraful Huq
Chief Executive
Asian Cricket Council

Filed January 26th, 2012