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U19 Asia Cup and Nepal…

Nepal has crashed out of the U19 World Cup. It is a pity. It is a pity because they lost to Zimbabwe by 2 runs, and were infact coasting at 148/2 in 30 overs at one time chasing 209. They had also let Zimbabwe off the hook when the african team was 94/6 in the first innings. This victory, had it come, would have gone a long way in getting recognition for Nepal in the cricketing circles, and also for establishing a good base for Cricket in Nepal. What is much worse is the fact that Nepal lost both the games not because of the lack of ability or standard, but due to the lack of experience at the highest level.

This brings me to the main point in question. The ACC organized a 6 team Afro Asia U19 cup last year in order to get the teams repared for the U19 world cup. Why? When the 4 strongest teams were from Asia in that competition, why would the ACC go ahead and invite South Africa and Zimbabwe to fill in the rest?? Shouldnt the ACC be more concerned with Asia? Shouldnt they have invited Nepal and Malaysia, the 2 finalists of the U19 ACC Trophy last year and also helped in Nepal getting some good practise ahead of the World Cup?

The ACC would be better off holding an annual U19 Asia Cup featuring the 4 test teams, and UAE, Nepal and Malaysia. This 7 team tournament will be played on a round robin basis and the top two will face off in the final. One would expect that the standard for UAE, Nepal and Malaysia would be raised pplaying in this tournament, and when they go back to play in the ACC U19 cup, or even the ACC Trophy, some of it would rub off on the other teams.

I selected Nepal because it is the best team in Asia at the age level tournaments, and the clinical way in which they keep on knocking off the other Asian teams in age level tournaments is indicative of the fact that in order to challenge them, you have to throw them to the sharks i.e. the test teams. They dont seem to be gaining anything out of playing in the ACC U19 trophies. Malaysia, though a little weak at the senior level, has been consistently runners up at the U19 level, and one would expect them to perform well here. The UAE I selected because that is the best senior side in Asia behind the test teams. Hence it would be to everyones benefit if their youth were given the best oppurtunity to raise their game, and subsequently raise the standard of the senior team as well.

The second annual tournament that I would like the ACC to undertake is one that would feature the A teams of the 4 test countries, and the senior teams of Malaysia, Nepal and UAE.

I am a firm believer in the fact that the cricketing standard of a country is not raised if you focus only on the senior side, or only on 1 age group team. You have to give tiered program to the emerging countries to improve their game. Hence giving Malaysia only the U19 tournament berth, or giving Oman only the senior team tournament berth would not help either one of them that much. But giving both the berths to Malaysia would help them out a lot.

Categories: Cricket Development, Nepal, UAE
  1. Sobhit Man Shrestha
    February 8, 2006 at 7:39 am

    Good point to pick as where The ACC is heading on……
    Normally it is thought that ACC is for development of CRICKET in Asia but in what purpose they included African nations…….
    NEPAL, an Asian qualifier as non test playing nation from Asia, is participating the U19 cricket world cup with the history of beating test playing nations as south Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh, could not got real game practice for the world cup. They qualified for the world cup without getting any pressures where they beat all nations with the big margin so there as well they didn’t get real match practices. After qualifying, ACC had not felt, they have to help to prepare the team with the real match practice where they feel real pressure of the game. Even in official practice match in world cup, they got with cricket minnows Namibia & Scotland rather than other powerhouses. After qualifying for the world cup, ACC provided only a coach for a week, is it enough? After seeing some games they played, it is shown that they have lacked of experiences, confidence, and idea to hold the pressure……
    One thing ACC has to know that if NEPAL does anything good on cricket then it would be a pride of whole Asia not only NEPAL.
    Okay, now it’s over for ACC to do anything but still remain a way to help NEPAL to prepare for the Continental Cup playoff. Hurry up! It does not have much time, make up plans to help a small nation which is lacking of infrastructures & economical power but not with the talents, ability & eagerness to play bigger games.
    Provide practice matches with Indian A team, Pakistanis A team or any strong team which makes matter………….

  2. Cuen Lucas
    February 10, 2006 at 10:28 am

    Nepal has proven in the past that it has the enthusiasm and dedication to overcome the hurdles it faces, and is certainly worth the investment. The ACC would do well to assist Nepal, because Nepal is making real progress on the cricketing scene and given outside assistance it will really go places.

  3. ajaya
    March 24, 2006 at 3:04 am

    what really gets my goat about senior team performances is that most middle-eastern teams are chock-filled with expats. and some of these expats have even played in their home country’s first class competitions. nepal, with 100% nepali representation, is set back becase arshad ali, an indian transplant with ranji trophy experience, scores a century, and UAE get into the 2005 ICC semis because of a 0.5 point advantage (100 runs = 4 points)

  4. Abdul Ali Khan
    June 25, 2008 at 4:20 am

    Nepal is surely best in Cricket. Their fielding is the best part. If they imrpove batting, they may be in the list of top 10 best cricket teams in the world. Let’s expect for it in near future.

  5. February 4, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    if nepal has 2 be a cricketing nation we hav 2 take serious concern abot their batting couz only when we lose a match the main point of losing a match would be batting couz u no no teams r able 2 score 250+ runs against nepal even test playing nations..

  6. February 4, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    our side(nepal) r good in bowling n fielding but when we face def it ll b either no defendable targt or un succesful run chase so if our teams bats well we’ll play in 2015 WC.. n d main prblm is acc is nt organising domestic matchs lik test nation play..

  1. February 10, 2006 at 3:44 am

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