Gulf Women Gather
The inaugural GCC Women's Twenty20 Championship will be played in Oman this month. The five-day event will feature the hosts along with Kuwait, Qatar, and UAE. "It's a wonderful opportunity for the women to play some international cricket after quite some time," says ACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander. The initiative has been taken by Oman and is making use of the funds allocated to women’s cricket by the ACC.
Kuwait Embraces Nelson Mandela
Kuwait Cricket joined with the Embassy of South Africa in Kuwait to host the Nelson Mandela Cricket Cup at the end of November. The ten-team event was held to "create awareness of the values that Nelson Mandela represents and the power of sports in bringing people of different nationalities and backgrounds together." Open to ten teams of U-16s, and a ladies' team, the 9-a-side event was played over the course of one long day at the Sulaibiya cricket ground.
Raju In The Ranks With UAE
ACC Development Officer Venkatapathi Raju teamed up with former England cricketers Paul Collingwood, Paul Franks and Chris Read, working alongside national coach Aqib Javed to take the UAE through the ICC Gatorade High Performance Program in November. "The coach and the support staff have done a great job so far for the UAE team on all aspects," says Raju.
Singapore's Umpires Shine
With twelve divisions over four competitions for the 100+ teams taking part in the domestic set-up (including this year, the inaugural women's league), Singapore's need for a strong cadre of umpires has never been greater. 23 aspiring candidates have been taken through the latest Level I Umpiring Program by ACC Resource Person Bomi Jamula. "The level of participation was of extremely high standard," says Bomi.
Pepsi ICC Development Programme Awards 2014
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the details of the annual Pepsi ICC Development Programme Awards for 2014. The Awards, which have been running since 2002, form part of the ICC's commitment to promoting excellence in cricket development in the ICC's Associate and Affiliate Members. The Awards recognise innovation and exceptional service to the game.
ASIAN GAMES 2014
ACC Announces Asian Games Select XIs
At the request of the ACC President Jayantha Dharmadasa, the ACC Development Officers Aminul Islam, Venkatapathi Raju, Rumesh Ratnayake and Iqbal Sikander have selected Women's and Men's Teams from the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon "based on the players' performances and their international standing," says ACC Events Manager Sultan Rana. The men's team features players from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Nepal, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. The women's team has players from Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
ACC Scholarships Continue For Umpires And Analysts
The ACC Scholarship program which, in recent years has seen curators from Myanmar and Thailand further their learning in Sri Lanka, and then last year had the most prominent women cricketers from the ACC region take part in Sri Lankan women's league cricket, is now extending to umpires and video analysts. Durga Nath Subedi and Raman Shiwakoti from Nepal, and Tabarak Dar from Hong Kong are among the four who will be in Sri Lanka in November along with their countries' touring teams.
China Goes East
The fourth-place finish of China's women at the Incheon Asian Games has inspired Linhai City Council in Zhejiang Province to build a cricket ground. "It will be in a school, because schools are where sports start in China," says ACC Development Officer for China Aminul Islam.
Hong Kong And Nepal Tour Sri Lanka
Following a request from the ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura, Sri Lanka Cricket’s Executive Committee has approved tours by the top four Asian Associates to the island, Afghanistan, Hong Kong Nepal and the UAE. The decision has been taken, say Sri Lanka Cricket, "to support the region's Non-Test playing countries." The first ACC touring teams to Sri Lanka will be Hong Kong and Nepal in November.