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ACC Trophy 2006 in Malaysia

The ACC has recently made two interesting annoucements. One is that the ACC Trophy 2006 will be held in Malaysia in August. This tournament is going to have 18 teams participating, which means that China, for the first time, will be fielding a team. Though I expect this team to be extremely weak, but still its a start, and at least they did not wait for 10 years before their 8 year olds who recently got ome coaching tips grow up. It will be interesting to see what exactly China does, and how much interest their country or government takes in the tournament. Hopefully, they will not pull out of the tournament at the last momment.

The second annoucement is a little weird, and it is about the age level ACC tournaments being 2 day games. So if I understand it correctly, they will have a team bat one full day for 100 overs, and another team chase that total for 100 overs the next day. At least it seems that they are proposing this for the ACC U15 elite group for 2006. The plate group will still have only 50 over games. It will be interesting to see who forms the elite group and who forms the plate group for the 2 tournaments in 2006. I am a little skeptical about this format though. I think that at that age level, 50 overs is enough. I dont know of any test country that has 2 day competitions for their U15 teams in domestic competitions. Perhaps at U19 level they could have tried to do that, or perhaps they can do this for the top 3-4 teams, instead of chaning the format of the U15 or U19 ACC Trophies. But we will have to wait and see what happens.

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  1. June 22, 2006 at 12:08 pm

    The 18th team is not China…… its Indonesia. I dont understand why Indonesia is in the ACC trophy, given that it is in the EAP region and even played the EAP Cup in Vanuatu last year. Might as well bring in Japan and PNG into the ACC Trophy too !

  2. Ram
    June 22, 2006 at 12:53 pm


    I wouldn’t want many teams under the ACC given the non-cooperative attitude of the Asian Test-playing nations towards the game’s development. Also, there aren’t many big nations under the EAP region apart from Japan, PNG, Fiji (I think Indonesia switched from ACC to EAP region for this reason!) which is statistically the fastest growing region thanks to Australia’s promotional initiatives as the leading Test playing country. Not only that, greater number of teams in the EAP region would ensure greater competition and hence better cricketing standards throughout the region…

  3. Nishadh Rego
    June 23, 2006 at 12:19 pm

    Just to clarify to you,

    Indonesia for a variety of benefits
    – more tournaments
    – more help from ACC both financial, technical, and strategic

    has decided to join the ACC and quit the EAP region. As a geographical member of the Asian Region, Indonesia are entitled to do this, and are hence participating in the ACC Trophy 2006

    I wonder if you could have a comment on the ACC Trophy 2006 groupings as I have much to say about them and the expected quality of the sides participating.

    PS: China are planning to send an U-15 side to the U-15 ACC Trophy to be held in Bangkok and Chiang Mai in Thailand in December

  4. June 23, 2006 at 3:08 pm


    Where are you based? Your name seems familiar.

    Are you the attack bowler for Thailand?

  5. Abdul Khalil
    July 13, 2006 at 11:14 pm

    Dear Sir
    Why do you think About Afghanistan Cricket Team?

  6. July 14, 2006 at 1:32 pm


    I have discussed the Afghanistan cricket team elsewhere on the blog, in comments and also in postings.

    Regarding the teams chances in the ACC Trophy 2006, well, they are fairly good. All they have to do is to reach the final, so if they beat Qatar, they should be in with a chance. If they lose to Qatar, then they will get a Quarter Final against UAE, which I think will be a tall order if they have already lost to Qatar, which is a weaker team.

    Final should see them through to WCQS Div III, and I am quite sure that they will give everyone a run for their money in there.

  7. Ram
    July 14, 2006 at 5:02 pm


    I’ve a doubt about the qualification to WCL Div III based on what you have said..

    why should a team reach the final to qualify for the Div III tournament?..Given that UAE and Oman are already in Div II, isn’t it enough for Afghanistan to finish 3rd best (assuming these two teams reach the final!) to qualify for the WCL Div III?..Also, am I right in understanding that Afghanistan may miss out even if they do make the final if they lose the final to a team other than UAE or Oman?

    It’s also unfortunate that only one of Afghanistan/Nepal would get a shot at World cup qualification though, if I’m right, theoretically one of them can get through to the World Cup qualifiers (in 2009) next year while the other team can get through in 2009!

  8. July 14, 2006 at 5:14 pm

    Ram…. you are correct….. it was my mistake….

    Khalil…. take note….. dont blame me later if Afghanistan makes the finals and still does not qualify :):)

  9. Nishadh Rego
    August 10, 2006 at 3:14 am

    Yes Nasir…I’m a left armer spinner for Thailand…However I’ve just moved to Australia to start my bachelors.and am also playing grade cricket (2nds n 3rds)…Wondering where uve heard my name though? However I am not playing the ACC Trophy because of university commitments. but will be playing the Emerging Nations in 2007..Just a few comments on the ACC Trophy in short..Afghanistan: probably the strongest pace attack, very spirited, decent batting as well, very vulnerable to spin.as they play on concrete. Could be the shock of the tournament..so do all the Gulf teams..but they have players who have played first class cricket in Pakistan…Nepal and UAE will be the favorites but alot of teams have been preparing hard, and anyone of 10 teams could make the semis. All the Gulf teams are capable of an upset. Oman, Qatar(though they have a younger side this time), Oman and Kuwait are all very dangerous. Singapore have also picked a very experienced side that includes 22 yr old former India A spinner Dharmichand Mulewa..arguably the best spinner I’ve seen live in action..will have a large impact on their performance, yet Singapore are very unpredictable..and in fact they did lose to Thailand by 9 wickets on pre-ACC tour of Thailand in the run up to this tournament. Maldives, with Moosa Kaleem, a class batsman against slow bowlers, must not be discounted, and Thailand, I have to say have a much better side than previously, which will be able to compete..and possibly pull of a few upsets…Maldives, Oman, UAE, Qatar are in Srilanka preparing. Bahrain and Nepal are in Karachi..Afghanistan went to England..Bhutan are also in SriLanka..Thailand toured Malaysia and Singapore earlier this month..I dont know much about Myanmar Saudi Arabia and Brunei..but they aren’t considered to be very strong sides..

  10. Nishadh Rego
    August 10, 2006 at 3:17 am

    Hong Kong also have picked a younger side this time…however Hussain Butt, making his debut is a class batsman and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up as one of the top batsmen of the tournament..Hong Kong though are also very unpredictable and are relying increasingly on younger more inexperienced players…the once indomitable Rahul Sharma is 45 years old..yet still in the side.

  11. August 10, 2006 at 3:26 am


    I have probably read your name on Thailand scorecards….. thats why it seemed familiar…….

    What do you think about cricket development in Thailand? I have seen that they have invested a lot in youth development and have huge participation numbers by Cricket’s standard……

  12. Nishadh Rego
    August 10, 2006 at 5:35 pm

    Thailand Cricket has come leaps and bounds in the last couple of years. a relatively populated nation of about 60 million people compared to alot of other countries, we see real potential in the sport in thailand. Youth development has been one of the main focuses of the Cricket Association of Thailand, and a huge amount of money is being invested in Thai children in the North and South of the Country. The Association has 6 or 7 regions of the country playing cricket. Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second largest city has thousands of kids playing the sport, under the Chiang Mai Cricket Association. A number of Thai kids from there have been selected to the U-15 and U-17 squads. Khon Khaen, a region in the North East has been the most successful region in the country apart from Bangkok. Khon Khaen have made up much of the U-15 and U-17 national squads in the last year or two, and 2 Khon Khaen boys are in the national squad for the upcoming ACC Trophy. Phuket is a region that has its own league and conducts its own development programs under the CAT supervision. Our U-19 and U-17 squads have been blossoming over the last year or two, where we beat Qatar at the ACC U-19 CUp in Nepal and lost narrowly to Oman by 4 runs missing out on a quarterfinal meeting, and the encouraging thing is that these junior teams have large numbers of indigenous players. In many ways we are trying to emulate Malaysia, who have more than 20,000 indigenous players and have totally indigenous squads. We have 4 turf wickets and another ground with a 6 turf center wickets should be ready in december in time for the ACC U-15 cup. 3 of these are in Bkk and one is in Chiang Mai. However the major hinderance in our cricket has been the performance of the national side which has been picked in the past only from the large expat community in Bkk. However, now with the emergence of large number of Thai players Khon Khaen, and Chiang Mai, we should have a predominantly indigenous squad in 5 to 10 years capable of competing with sides like Malaysia, and Afghanistan. We see ourselves overtaking Singapore and Hong Kong in the next couple of years in performance as we have been doing at the junior levels because these states are much smaller and have less scope for development.
    Cricket has been introduced into the schools and there are at least 8 or 9 local coaches in addition to the 20 or so expat coaches. The next step is the creation of an active school league throughout the country. Cricket has also been introduced into the universities, however its yet to take off from there. A further step to be implemented in the next 5 years is the creation of a national league amongst provinces and districts (only clubs right now) with home and away fixtures once we have the appropriate ground facilities.

    The problem of professionalism and numbers for selection for the national team are likely to increase 5 fold in the next few years which will really improve the level of all the national sides immensely. We believe that some expats with the experience and talent should be part of the national team system if we have to compete with sides like Qatar and Kuwait in the short run, however the integration of locals into the national sides will increase professionalism and competition. In 10 years Thailand will be amongst the top nations in Asia, as it has huge potential on all fronts.

  13. Nishadh Rego
    August 10, 2006 at 5:36 pm

    Have you played for the USA..because your name seems familiar as well

  14. August 10, 2006 at 8:17 pm

    No I have not…… and dont go by my name…… there must be a million Nasir Khan’s in the world……..

    One correction in your first post…… Malaysia is STRIVING towards 20000 indegenous junior players……. they are at 8K at the momment……. they dont have 20K yet……. still some time to go………

  15. dr gul khan
    August 11, 2006 at 1:10 am

    Afghanistan U17 got disqualified too in the Asia cup????

  16. Nishadh Rego
    August 11, 2006 at 1:52 am

    hahah arite..my mistake..that was more of a rough estimation..but i know they have indigenous players in their thousands..and that in itself is a feat for an Associate country…are you based in the USA?..What brought on the desire to start this blog?..I’m also interested in what you think about the issue of having a second division in the intercontinental cup..over even an Asian First Division Fast Track tournament…involving Kuwait..Maldives..BAhrain..Afghanistan..Thailand.Oman..That would take cricket in those countries a long way..

  17. August 11, 2006 at 10:46 am

    Dr Gul…… I am not sure of that……. the whole tournament got cancelled because of ‘high winds’……

    Rego….. yes, I live in San Jose, CA, USA…..

    In my opinion, there are only 6-7 teams in the world AT THE MOMMENT that have the basis right to mature into solid cricketing nations in the next 5-6 years….. they are Scotland, Ireland, Netherlands, Afghanistan, Nepal, Kenya and Uganda…… in addition to these, there is also Bermuda, Denmark, Namibia….. but they all have some major issue…… either it is with the total playing numbers, or mainstreams losing interest, or mainstreams not playing………

    I would have liked to see all of the 7 that I mentioned getting incorporated somehow in the yearly cricket calender……. Either in a 1 or 2 div intercontinental cup or through some other means……

    From Asia…… I think they can do more, especially at the age level….. I dont know why they dont do the league system and insist on having a cup system……. I do not know what Nepal U19 team is going to gain out of playing Brunei and Bhutan in the next U19 trophy……….

  18. Nishadh Rego
    August 11, 2006 at 8:32 pm

    Dr. Khan, yes afghanistan did get disqualified from the U-17 ACC Trophy because they had players who were found to be 20+(bone marrow tests) but did not have proper birth certificates. This happened in the U-15 ACC Trophy Last year as well. This year at the U-15 First division cup..afghanistan lost out in the group stages probably because they were actually fielding an U-15 side..the were also knocked out in the first round of last years U-19 ACC Trophy..However performances will improve as the facilities ring in….very true what you say Nasir

  19. August 11, 2006 at 8:55 pm

    Afghanistan has been trying desperately to get attention for the last few years…….. hence they probably tried these tactics as well……… i dont think the infrastrcuture is going to be there in the near future……. but the talent is there….. and the numbers are there……. It is not only important how many are playing, but also how MUCH they are playing……. and I think Afghanistan, and even Nepal are way ahead of the other non test countries in this regard….. it is only because of this that these countries are showing a lot of promise without having any infrastrucutre……. Afghanistan of course benefitted a lot from an unliely scenario of 4 million refugees going back from Pakistan………..

  20. dr gul khan
    August 15, 2006 at 1:45 am

    Acc should seriously yhink about a league system alongside european lines …. a match between uae and afghanistan or oman would be really intersting….no use them playing bhutan or bunei……..
    This also one of reasons european minnows have been able to perform much better at the icc trophy….

  21. August 15, 2006 at 2:28 am

    Dr Gul, I have been saying that a league system is needed in Asia, for about 6 months now……. today there was another pointless match, between Hong Kong and Bhutan……..

    Elsewhere on this blog (you will have to search a bit) you will find different recommendations on how ACC can implement a structure that makes sense, not only in ensuring that better teams come through, but also in ensuring proper development…..

    We all agree that teams should be made to play harder opposition for improvement, but if the standard is miles apart, there is nothing gained by the weaker team in playing the game, because they would hardly get to play at all……….

  22. August 15, 2006 at 4:40 pm

    Over the past year or so….. I have written a number of times about the format of the ACC Trophy being pointless…… some of my arguments were perhaps naive, some were good……. the articles on this blog where I have discussed this issue vis a viz the other regions are the following:

    Cup v League Again 

    ACC Woes!

    League AND Knock Out Cup

    Asian Style Cup or European Style Leagues

    Restructuring the qualification for the Asia Cup and ACC Trophy

  23. Nishadh Rego
    August 15, 2006 at 9:32 pm

    I think the reason a league system has not been implemented in the ACC is because there are only two or three teams that are seemingly “out of place” in this tournament. I acknowledge the fact that maybe Nepal, UAE and possibly afghanistan are out of everyone else’s league, but the rest of the teams are relatively equal in quality. In my opinion Bahrain, Singapore, Kuwait, Qatar, Thailand, Maldives Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Hong Kong are all capable of competing with each other and causing upsets, and that is the reason the ACC has decided to give an equal chance to all of these teams to qualify for the next round in the world league. I might agree to a policy where Brunei Bhutan China and possibly Iran and Myanmar play in a qualifying tournament for the ACC, however I feel all the other countries should be placed in one division.

  24. Nishadh Rego
    August 15, 2006 at 9:42 pm

    I think the results of the first two days prove my point. Kuwait managed to score 204/7 against Nepal and then hold them off for 48 overs. Afghanistan and Qatar played a close match, where the afghans managed 239/8 in 50 after being 53/4 and Qatar in reply scored 180 odd.
    Maldives scored 170 odd against Oman who are the runners up for this trophy, and at one stage were 80/2. Brunei was the only team on the first day looking out of place. On the second day, Singapore shocked Bahrain, the middle east champions, who even beat afghanistan this year! Saudi Arabia almost pulled of the shock of the tournament losing by only 15 runs to tournament favorites Malaysia. Iran played well to bat 50 overs against a new and stronger looking Thai side, and though they lost by 9 wickets, they performed creditably. Once again it was only Bhutan who looked out of place. From what I’ve seen today, Nepal are not in the best of positions against Bhutan!..they are 100/3 in 20 odd overs. Myanmar are 75/3 in 18 overs against Kuwait! Brunei are 40/2 in 20 overs against Malaysia and Iran are 40/2 in 15 overs against afghanistan. I once again reiterate my point that the bulk of the nations in Asia are of relatively equal quality and there is a huge gulf in quality that we see between Bermuda and Argentina, Scotland and Italy, Kenya and Tanzania, or PNG and Japan. From todays current results even Bhutan Brunei Myanmar and Iran are improving because of this open system

  25. dr gul khan
    August 16, 2006 at 2:34 am

    rgeo you are probabaly right in saying that most of the teams can compete…..but for development of stronger teams ..to eable them to compete at world level tehy have to play tougher cricket

  26. August 16, 2006 at 10:57 am

    The question is whether we are looking for the best team in the region below test level, or trying to improve the standard of the top associates in the region? These are two seperate things……. Cup is fine for the first….. league is better for the latter…….

    Teams have to be exposed to stronger teams, but the gap has to be manageable for any development to take place……… a game in which one team scores 350, while the other cant cross 100 is by no means going to ‘help out’ the weaker team, because they will hardly get to play cricket amongst all the decimation ….. they need to at least be able to spend some time on the wicket to learn anything…….

    Here is another model that ACC can try……. its the American Championships model with 8 and 7 teams in the top 2 divs…. promotions in the same year, relegations in the next…… none of the tournaments should take more than 2 weeks, so that at most a team has to play only 1 month of cricket……. unless some team is to get from Div III to Div 1 in the same year, which is unlikely…….

    UAE, Nepal, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Oman, Bahrain [+1 from below]

    Qatar, Kuwait, Maldives, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore [+1 from below] 

    China, Brunei, Myanmar, Bhutan, Iran [have a double league if teams are less than 6, add any newcomer here]

    Given a couple of iterations, in basically a couple of years, the league would fix itself off any incorrect placings at the start……

    ACC can also do a test team A tournament every year, with the 4 Asian teams + top 2 of Div I…….. these 6 teams can play in a round robin format……..

    ACC has the money to do all of this with a lot of ease every year…….

  27. Nishadh Rego
    August 16, 2006 at 4:58 pm

    On the contrary, I think matches against better sides give the younger sides experience, and, if they perform creditably, confidence to some degree. It also causes them to aspire to a higher level in their preparation for such tournaments. Ofcourse, these one off games do not help teams like UAE, but they are still playing the top teams in the tournament. UAE, Nepal, Afghanistan should be playing the test A sides because ultimately UAE playing Bahrain every second month isn’t going to improve them either. I think this format is a beneficial experience for some of the newer sides, while the established sides still play other established sides. Take Iran fror example. In 2004, they scored 29 against Nepal, and 100 against Bhutan. This year they scored 126 against afghanistan, 118 against saudi arabia, 137 against Kuwait in the Gulf Cup, 152/9 against Thailand and 100 against Afghanistan in this tournament. This is a marked improvement over two years. What the ACC has in mind, is that in the long run (5 to 10 years) all of these teams will be able to match up to each other, and we are seeing that already with this format.

  28. Nishadh Rego
    August 16, 2006 at 5:02 pm

    The U-15 elite group is playing 2 day matches while the U-15 plate group is playing 50 over matches. This is in an effort to improve the fitness, application, and technique of the players from these countries from a very young age. Players from all the test nations start to play 3 and 4 day games from the time they are 14. The plate group is made up Maldives, Thailand, Qatar, Oman (probably the 4 strongest teams), Bhutan, Brunei, Iran, Myanmar, China, Saudi Arabia and is to be played in Bangkok, and Chiang Mai in december

  29. August 17, 2006 at 1:06 am

    Rego….. I dont think players from Pakistan start playing 3-4 day games from the time they are 14…….. in fact, many of them dont even play with a proper cricket ball till they start moving up………… one example is that of Anwar Ali, the U19 player who recently demolished India in the final of the world cup taking 5 wickets in 9 balls or something…… that guy had never played with a cricket ball till 6-7 months before the U19 world cup, and had always played with a tennis ball with a duct tape over it (its called a tape ball in pakistan)…… he had also never played on a proper pitch, moslty onl concrete roads, or on un paved and grassless grounds……….

    In most school tournaments as well, U15 kids do not play even 50 over matches, but only 25-30 over matches……

    I am not saying that 2 days games should not be played, but perhaps not at the U15 level…… it would be better to play that at the U19 level, like Europe………….

  30. Ram
    August 17, 2006 at 1:55 am

    Well…Myanmar have put in a performance today that would make Brunei’s performance against UAE or Namibia/USA’s performances against Australia extraordinary!…And who were they playing?….An expat-based Hong Kong…Surely this is the last ACC trophy under this format…..

  31. Nishadh Rego
    August 17, 2006 at 3:48 am

    On the other hand Saudi Arabia almost beat UAE!!…would you ever see Italy coming close to Ireland? or Tanzania coming close to Namibia or Uganda.. or Germany coming close to Scotland??? NO way! Asia is the only continent where there no definite hierachy amongst the top 13 teams.

    Nasir.. you placed Saudi Arabia in division two however they were well on the way to shocking UAE today..Singapore (division 2 team) thrashed Oman.

    To be honest, Thailand is very good example of a nation that has developed because exposure like this. At the 2002 ACC Trophy Singapore scored 449/2 in 50 overs against Thailand.. Thailand scored 123. Thailand have come a long way from that simply because they have been exposed to this competition and have worked towards developing a team able to compete at this level, scoring 230 against semi finalists Qatar today, and if it weren’t for the injury of two main bowlers, it would have been a much tougher game! Qatar and Oman were thrashed at the 2002 ACC Trophy, look where they have reached! In the long run a tournament like this helps the developing nations raise their standards in a huge manner.

    I agree that Myanmar, Iran, Brunei, and Bhutan might still be underprepared to play such a tournament but give them a few years, and take my word, they will improve. Nasir, I know that kids in India start playing 3 and 4 day cricket at the U-15 level (state level U-15). India has stopped one days for age groups below the U-19. I know school cricket is also played in the 2 day format. I’m sure about Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, but I know this is the case with India. School cricket is Australia is also played in the 2 day format.

  32. August 17, 2006 at 4:16 am

    well, i placed saudi arabia in div 1 after todays performance…… 🙂

    And the only reason why these expat based teams come out of the blue is because they are all pakistanis playing the game there anyway……. Tanzania WOULD come close to Uganda if 50K South Africans were to go and live there temporarily ………..

    Lets say that Nepal get beaten by Oman…… what would they have achieved from this tournament in terms of development? They would have only played Hong Kong …… they would not have played any of UAE, Afghanistan, Malaysia etc…… in addition to that, such a tournament is not good overall, because it can end up in knocking out the second or third best team by placing them in a Quarter final against UAE etc…… in the current ICC strucutre where 2 asian teams are already placed in Div II, it would make more sense to find the 3rd best team properly, instead of the current setup which nearly pitted Afghanistan v UAE qtr final today……….

    Regarding the age groups….. what i am saying is ….. the U19 world champions, two times in a row, dont play any 3-4 day cricket at U15 level…… so it cannot be a ‘much needed’ skill or an essential one at the u15 level at least ………

    btw, the strucutre that I mentioned can be modified to relegate and promote 2 teams instead of 1 between div 2 and div 1……. i.e. if one feels that the teams are too close to each other……..

  33. katawazai
    August 22, 2006 at 2:02 am

    I think Afghanistan cricket team is very strong and it will qualify for the world tournment.

  34. Nishadh Rego
    August 22, 2006 at 3:33 am

    Nasir…Pakistan is one example!..A country that has always produced some of the best natural raw talent in the world. At the U-19 level, this also counts. I think multi-day cricket would certainly help teams like Afghanistan Malaysia Nepal and UAE in the development of better players.

    ACC is implementing a 2 tier structure for the next ACC trophy according to latest reports based on the top 8 and bottom 8 teams in this tournament. The problem with it is that you still have teams like Oman Kuwait Thailand and Maldives playing Myanmar, Brunei, Bhutan, and Iran.
    More bullshit!

  35. November 15, 2007 at 9:31 am

    I know Afghanistan has been suffering from 30 years of war…but at the mean time we dont have to forget that we got best talented cricket players in this great country we are looking forward for my country man in world league…. all the best of luck Afghanistan.

  36. November 15, 2007 at 9:50 am

    The world is aware of revolution in our country ( AFGHANISTAN )in 25-30 years of domastic or civil war and had tolerated miserable lives so far.but beside all these our country men has concentrated on cricket alot in order to perform in international games with the hopes they had in thier heart and as we all know and are the witnesses of our marvelous cricketers’ consequences of thier asian twenty twenty final match which was a great achievement. as an afghan citizen i deeply and heartly admire our splinded cricket players for thier hard work with the manpower they have and i would love to congratulate them and wish them all the best and successes for the upcoming world cup, so keep up guys!

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