ACC Pushes Progress In Qatar
Officials from the Asian Cricket Council met with officials from the Qatar Olympic Committee
to discuss cricket in Qatar. ACC Events Manager Sultan Rana described the meetings as “very productive in many aspects.” Cricket has ‘recognition status
’ in the Olympic movement and is a part of the Asian Games. Even though citizenship laws prevent those currently playing cricket in Qatar from fielding a team at Incheon next year, Qatar has a self-proclaimed vision to “become a leading nation in bringing the world together through a sustainable sport development,” and are taking an increasingly active part in developing cricket, the second most popular sport in the country.
Oman Building Towards Associate Status
Oman Cricket have unveiled a significant series of development plans which aim to take them to ICC Associate status and beyond over the next ten years. The plans, centred around the development of a site at Al Emarat
into a two fully-turfed grounds, the main one having a 2000-seat stadium and floodlights, at a cost of US$6.5 million, were delivered to an audience including Patron-in-Chief and Minister of Heritage and Culture HH Sayyid Haitham Bin Tarik Bin Taimur Al Said, ICC President Alan Isaac, MCC President Mike Griffith
and ACC Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Huq.
Associate Teams Preparing Hard For U-19 Asia Cup
Afghanistan, Malaysia, Nepal and the UAE are already aiming to do as well as possible against their respective Test-playing nation opponents in the forthcoming U-19 Asia Cup. The 50-over event which takes place in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah across the new year period has the top four ACC U-19 teams take on the U-19s of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. “We’ve seen in the last U-19 Asia Cup how competitive these matches can be, and it’s also ideal preparation for the ICC U19 World Cup for the Test teams and Afghanistan and UAE in particular,” says ACC Events Manager Sultan Rana.
ICC Receives Saudi Patronage
Saudi Cricket Centre Patron-in-Chief HRH Prince Dr. Faisal Bin Mohammad Bin Saud Bin Abdulaziz paid a visit to the International Cricket Council offices in Dubai earlier this month. He is the first member of the Saudi royal family to visit the ICC and was accompanied by SCC CEO Nadeem Nadwi and ACC Development Officer for Saudi Arabia Iqbal Sikander as part of the Saudi Cricket Centre's effort to introduce cricket to Saudis in the Kingdom.
Iran's Varsity Women
Iran, who have played two ACC women’s events since 2009, are showing encouraging progress in women’s cricket. Four teams from three universities (Alzahra University
, Iran University of Science and Technology, Shahid Beheshti University) took part last month in a 10-over round robin tournament in Vanak, a suburb of Tehran.
Saudi Arabia's Youth Strategy
The Saudi Cricket Centre, in its continued efforts to promote cricket according to the SCC Strategic Plan is organising U-14 and U-16 Inter-school tournaments in Jeddah in November. SCC Cricket Affairs Manager Sadequl Islam says that the tournament will involve up to 10 schools and will be played on Saturdays, going into December.
China Charted By Aminul
ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam’s mission in China
continued with an eight-day visit to Shenyang and Chaoyang in the north-east of the country. Under the ACC strategic priorities list his visit focused on developing higher-level cricket performance and develop new areas and future markets for growth. “China has come a long way from a start where cricket was completely unknown, now it is a matter for those who are playing and working in cricket to raise their level of performance,” says Aminul.
Kuwait's Girls Raise A Hue And Cricket
Kuwait Cricket jump-started their season with a round-robin three-team girls tournament. “This tournament was a platform for women cricketers to exhibit their skills. The selection committee are all thrilled by the response of women cricketers and are planning to have similar tournaments in future,” say Kuwait Cricket.
Pepsi ICC Development Programme Awards 2013
From the ICC:
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the details of the annual Pepsi ICC Development Programme Awards for 2013. (Nominations must be submitted to the ACC Secretariat by 20 December 2013)
The Awards, which have been running since 2002, form part of the ICC’s commitment to promoting excellence in cricket development outside the ICC’s Full Members. The Awards recognise exceptional performance and service to the game in ICC Associate and Affiliate Members, highlighting cricket’s expanding reach, promoting innovation and sharing better practice.