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Xavier
August 7, 2006, 07:54 AM
The continental championships for Asian non-test nations starts on august 14th. Here are the groups:

<TABLE cellSpacing=2 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR vAlign=top align=middle bgColor=#f9f9f9><TD>Group A </TD><TD>Group B </TD><TD>Group C </TD><TD>Group D </TD></TR><TR vAlign=top align=middle><TD>U.A.E.</TD><TD>Oman</TD><TD>Kuwait</TD><TD>Qatar</TD></TR><TR vAlign=top align=middle><TD>Saudi Arabia</TD><TD>Maldives</TD><TD>Nepal</TD><TD>Afghanistan</TD></TR><TR vAlign=top align=middle><TD>Brunei</TD><TD>Bahrain</TD><TD>Bhutan</TD><TD>Iran</TD></TR><TR vAlign=top align=middle><TD>Malaysia</TD><TD>Singapore</TD><TD>Hong Kong </TD><TD>Thailand</TD></TR><TR vAlign=top align=middle><TD></TD><TD></TD><TD>Myanmar</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

I guess UAE, Nepal and maybe Hong Kong are favourites, but it will also be interesting to see how Afghanistan will perform, as they made steady progress in last years.

Here complete schedule:
http://www.asiancricket.org/h_acctour06_schedule.cfm

btw the best placed of the competition, apart from UAE and Oman, will be qualified for World Cricket League Division 3 2007, part of complicated World League system that will also decide countries admitted to world cup qualifiers in 2009.

Here you can find explaination of World Cricket League system:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Cricket_League

Sovik
August 7, 2006, 07:56 AM
10 years ago, we used to play in ACC trophy

thebest
August 7, 2006, 09:09 AM
10 years ago, we used to play in ACC trophy
the way things are going, it would not be long before we start to play there again. I can not believe that we are beaten by 3rd string Zimbabawe team.:mad:

Tigers_eye
August 7, 2006, 09:29 AM
Group C has three decent teams. Kuwait, Hongkong and Nepal. Whereas group B has only Oman. Interesting grouping to say the least.

Sovik
August 7, 2006, 09:56 AM
the way things are going, it would not be long before we start to play there again. I can not believe that we are beaten by 3rd string Zimbabawe team.:mad:

the pain would be unbearable. we used to loose to UAE. & now loosing against 3rd string zimbabwe and can't be confident against Kenya

israr
August 7, 2006, 12:15 PM
My God, thats not a third string Zimbabwean side! Infact, thats much better than the team which toured us early last year.

Xavier
August 7, 2006, 02:25 PM
My God, thats not a third string Zimbabwean side! Infact, thats much better than the team which toured us early last year.

Don't know if it's better, but it's not 3rd string... Taylor, Utseya, Chigumbura, Matsikenyeri would be regular in a full strength team too.

Back to topic, here an interesting article from NepalCricket on their ambition to win the tournament:
http://www.cricket.com.np/new/2006/08/05/aiming-acc-trophy-2006/

Rabz
August 7, 2006, 11:22 PM
i wish Nepal all the best..they really made some progress in cricket..and being surrounded by Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.. they could turn out to be a good prospect in the game.

Good Luck Nepalese

battye
August 8, 2006, 04:29 AM
Taylor, Utseya, Chigumbura, Matsikenyeri would be regular in a full strength team too.
I don't think so. They were all brought in far too early, if there was no problems in Zimbabwe cricket they would probably be entering the national team around now, or in a year or twos' time.

cover_point
August 9, 2006, 10:41 AM
My favourites are Nepal and UAE.

Xavier
August 14, 2006, 06:24 AM
Competition has started: no surprises on the first day as favourites UAE, Nepal, Oman and Afghanistan all win:
http://www.acctrophy2006.com/index.htm

btw UAE could have made a new world record if this 50-overs match had been considered a ODI:
UAE WON BY 367 RUNS
Brunei: 92 all out in 40.1 overs
UAE: 459 for 3 off 50 overs
(A. Ali 213*, M. Iqbal 114, S. Ali 66)
Man of the Match: Arshad Ali (UAE)

(and also Arshad Ali would have been the first to break 200 runs wall in a ODI!)

TheWatcher
August 14, 2006, 11:12 AM
If anyone is wondering what is the standard of the UAE team, here are some hints (http://www.emiratescricket.com/ecb/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=291&Itemid=128) (Bangladesh Academy was basically our U/19 team).

Anyway, hoping to see Afghanistan coming out at the top. Watch out for Mohammad Nabi Eisakhil.

Ahmed_B
August 14, 2006, 11:39 AM
My God, thats not a third string Zimbabwean side! Infact, thats much better than the team which toured us early last year.
Not really.

This was almost the same team that came to BD.. but only with a better spirit and eager to take revenge on their home soil. And have you forgotten... that the last-time-best 'Taibu' is not even in this new team. That makes them bit weaker .. doesn't that?

Xavier
August 14, 2006, 03:28 PM
If anyone is wondering what is the standard of the UAE team, here are some hints (http://www.emiratescricket.com/ecb/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=291&Itemid=128) (Bangladesh Academy was basically our U/19 team).



I guess it wasn't the first team of the UAE too. Clearly the "big score" is mainly due to the weakness of Brunei, but I think associates are improving and the World Lague sysem will help them this way... anyway, never underestimate the associates: world cup history is full of surprising result, and Bangladesh also won to Pakistan when being still associate and then lost to Canada after getting test-status.

TheWatcher
August 14, 2006, 06:36 PM
I guess it wasn't the first team of the UAE too.
Here are the detailed scorecards of matches between BD U/19 and UAE team-

1st Match (http://tigercricket.com/Scorecard.aspx?matchid=338)
2nd Match (http://tigercricket.com/Scorecard.aspx?matchid=339)

I see UAE national team regulars like Arshad Ali, Ali Asad, and Saqib Ali played in the both matches. Arshad Ali, the double centurian against Brunei, scored 0 and 4 on that tour.

Well, I guess there is nothing wrong in hoping that the UAE team has changed and improved a lot in the last six months.

never underestimate the associates: world cup history is full of surprising result

True, upsets are not that uncommon in oneday cricket. But, here I am talking about the usual standard of UAE cricket.

Rabz
August 14, 2006, 11:37 PM
makes me happy just to realise how far we hv come over the years...
ten years ago, we were struggling aginst the likes of UAE and Holland.
and now, our young cubs r beating them comprehensively.
it is a good vindication of our bright future.

Xavier
August 15, 2006, 06:07 AM
Here are the detailed scorecards of matches between BD U/19 and UAE team-

1st Match (http://tigercricket.com/Scorecard.aspx?matchid=338)
2nd Match (http://tigercricket.com/Scorecard.aspx?matchid=339)

I see UAE national team regulars like Arshad Ali, Ali Asad, and Saqib Ali played in the both matches. Arshad Ali, the double centurian against Brunei, scored 0 and 4 on that tour.



Thanks for clearing, I didn't find the scorecards for those matches... quite surprising Arshad Ali could make so different scores... Probably Brunei are really a poor team! (not a poor country, anyway:rolleyes: )
We'll see in next matches if the UAE have really made some improvement.

Today results:
Malaysia 304/4 (50 ov.)
Saudi Arabia 290/10 (48.4)

Singapore 256/4 (50)
Bahrein 170/10 (37.4)

Bhutan 77/10 (30.4)
Hong Kong 78/1 (15)

Iran 152/9 (50)
Thailand 153/1 (32.4)

I guess Bahrein defeat is a bit of surprise, while Bhutan look to be anothe poor team... maybe ACC should use 2 or 3 division-system like other continental zones.

abdulw11
August 15, 2006, 01:22 PM
It's weird seeing some of these countries names associated with cricket but its good for the game.

TheWatcher
August 16, 2006, 12:45 PM
Myanmar: 133 for 9 in 45 overs
Kuwait: 138 for 1 in 10 overs(Kashif Basheer 60*)

Iran: 89 for 7 in 42 overs (Hamid Hassan 2 wickets)
Afghanistan: 90 for 1 in 9 overs

MALAYSIA v BRUNEI MATCH ABANDONED: NO RESULT

Nepal: 317 for 8 in 50 overs (Khadka 87, Chettri 55*)
Bhutan: 35 all out in 19 overs ( Binod Das 5 wickets, Mahboob Alam 3 wickets)

ACC should have a qualifying league for Brunei, Maldives, Myanmar, Bhutan, and Iran and should have given only one of them entry into this tournament.

TheWatcher
August 17, 2006, 06:39 AM
Hong Kong becomes the second country in the tourney to break the four hundreds runs barrier and the first to win a match by 400+ runs.

Hong Kong: 442 for 2 in 50 overs (I. Ahmed 86, T. Smart 100, R. Sharma 123*, H. Butt 108*)
Myanmar: 20 all out in 13 overs (N. Amar 6-2)

Saudi Arabia: 298 all out in 50 overs (H. Saeed 101, Suhrab K. 63, S. Ahmed 60, M. Farooq 30)
UAE: 299 for 7 in 47 overs (M. Iqbal 51, S. Ali 135*)

Thailand: 229 all out in 49.2 overs (J. Hottinger 50, R. Bowater 37, S. Sideek 40; Q. Sadiq 3-47)
Qatar: 230 for 3 in 39.4 overs (M. Jahangir 90, I. Hussain 100)

Singapore: 202 for 8 in 50 overs (C. Ruwan 60, M. Arora 67, G. Meyer 37)
Oman: 125 all out in 30.3 overs (P. Raja 3-24, C. Ruwan 3-28)

Rabz
August 17, 2006, 08:58 AM
Hong Kong becomes the second country in the tourney to break the four hundreds runs barrier and the first to win a match by 400+ runs.

Hong Kong: 442 for 2 in 50 overs (I. Ahmed 86, T. Smart 100, R. Sharma 123*, H. Butt 108*)
Myanmar: 20 all out in 13 overs (N. Amar 6-2)

was that a match or the biggest mis-match???
also, is it the biggest margin of winning in a one day cricket game???
i mean 20 all out replying to 442???
is Myanmar made up of pure street cricketers !!!!!!!

Rabz
August 17, 2006, 09:16 AM
This ACC Cup, i certainly have to go for Singapore, one of my cousins is playing for the national team.
so, Go Singapore Go !!

Tigers_eye
August 17, 2006, 09:42 AM
Singapure, Malaysia both are looking strong. BC team wouldn't be allout within 20 against any ACC bowling attack.

TheWatcher
August 17, 2006, 10:54 AM
It is a shame that Myanmar is coached by our own Nazmul Abedeen Fahim (BD U/19 team assistant coach).


Cricket coach calls on Sports Minister

YANGON, 15 June — Bangladeshi Senior Coach Mr Fahim who will coach Myanmar selected cricket team which is going to participate in Asian Cricket Council Trophy 2006 to be held in Kuala Lumpur during August called on Chairman of Myanmar Olympic Committee Minister for Sports Brig-Gen Thura Aye Myint in National Indoor Stadium-1 yesterday.

Source (http://www.myanmar-information.net/infosheet/2006/060616.htm)

Well, I guess, two months were never sufficient to build up those rookies for an international tourny.

Tigers_eye
August 17, 2006, 01:06 PM
When the boys are clueless how to play the game, No matter what amount of coaches you bestow upon them within a week or days you can't get a desirable result. it is a process and takes time.

I remember our juniors (school: grade 11) played a friendly match against the BKSP side (1st batch with Baktiar etc.) with one month of coaching (an ex-national coach came) under their belt. Yet they conseded 5 goals within the first half. The final score was 6-0. Because those who scored the goals didn't see any second half action.

Xavier
August 18, 2006, 10:10 AM
Some huge scores today too:

Asian Cricket Council Trophy (Kuala Lumpur)

Saudi Arabia 499-6 beat Brunei 155 by 344 runs
Kuwait 451-8 beat Bhutan 160 by 291 runs
Thailand 117-9 lost (DL) to Afghanistan 66-0 (9.1 overs)
Singapore 148 v Maldives - abandoned

I guess ACC will adopt a 2 or 3 division system in next edition to prevent these crazy scores (though it can be funny, in a way...)

Miraz
August 18, 2006, 10:20 AM
Some huge scores today too:

Asian Cricket Council Trophy (Kuala Lumpur)

Saudi Arabia 499-6 beat Brunei 155 by 344 runs
Kuwait 451-8 beat Bhutan 160 by 291 runs
Thailand 117-9 lost (DL) to Afghanistan 66-0 (9.1 overs)
Singapore 148 v Maldives - abandoned

I guess ACC will adopt a 2 or 3 division system in next edition to prevent these crazy scores (though it can be funny, in a way...)

Can anyone please tell me when they have started playing cricket?? and they are scoring near 500 runs pretty regularly.

Is money doing some trick??? or, they have Pakistani first class players playing for them :confused:

Rabz
August 18, 2006, 11:19 AM
Some huge scores today too:

Asian Cricket Council Trophy (Kuala Lumpur)

Saudi Arabia 499-6 beat Brunei 155 by 344 runs

damn..one short of 500 runs... that wud hv been something new !!
yes, i bet they hv some former first class Paki players in thier team, playing with pure bunch of ameteurs who probably never bawled before.

TheWatcher
August 18, 2006, 01:24 PM
:fire: Afghanistan all the way :fire:

Zunaid
August 18, 2006, 02:12 PM
damn..one short of 500 runs... that wud hv been something new !!
yes, i bet they hv some former first class Paki players in thier team, playing with pure bunch of ameteurs who probably never bawled before.

They sure are bawling now after their mawling ;-)

AsifTheManRahman
August 18, 2006, 02:52 PM
since when did Saudi Arabia become so strong?

Xavier
August 18, 2006, 02:56 PM
since when did Saudi Arabia become so strong?

or... "how can Brunei be that weak?"

btw I guess Saudi cricketers must have been quite disappointed for not breaking the 500-runs barrier by only 1 run!:rolleyes:

bengaltiger
August 18, 2006, 03:33 PM
this is one amazing tournament with regular double centuries, 400s, 500s and under 50 all outs :D

can anyone verify that paki players are playing for some of these countries...don't want to marginalize their achievements.

TheWatcher
August 18, 2006, 04:08 PM
can anyone verify that paki players are playing for some of these countries....
Go to the ACC Trophy website (http://www.acctrophy2006.com/index.htm) and check out scorecards. All the middle eastern teams are full of Paki names.

israr
August 18, 2006, 04:43 PM
Useless, no locals are interested

Rabz
August 19, 2006, 01:03 AM
Useless, no locals are interested

i dont think its useless my freind.
as the torch bearers of the game, i think its upto us, ( the subcontinental, and rest of the test playin nations) to carry the game forward into the next phase.
we take the love of the game to wherever we go and thats how we spread.
its certainly the first steps for this countries. let the immigrants play it for a while, who knows one day the locals would get attracted and might start playing.

just see cricket and football as an example. The Brits invented the game, took it with them to wherever they went and then the locals fall in love with it. ha ha too bad they cant win anything but they certainly did their part in spreading the game world wide.

TheWatcher
August 19, 2006, 05:16 AM
Malaysia: 143 all out in 49.3 overs (S. Muthuraman 51*; S. Silva 4-26, K. Khan 3-32)
UAE: 145 for 2 after 22.1 overs (A. Ali 83*, S.Ali 52*)

Bahrain: 283 all out in 48.5 overs (M. Yaqoob 55, A. Mirza 91, M. Akmal 32, Q. Saeed 34; H. Desai 3-37)
Oman: 264 for 8 in 50 overs (A.Khan 54, J. Redkar 64, F. Khan 32, S. Ahmed 38; Q. Saeed 4-58)

Nepal: 211 for 7 in 50 overs (P.Lohani 45, S. Gauchan 35; A. Haider 3-37)
Hong Kong: 124 all out in 43.3 overs (T. Smart 34; P. Khadka 3-29, D. Chand 4-31)

Myanmar: 76 all out in 30.4 overs (L.Yongten 3-29, J.Singye 5-14)
Bhutan: 77 for 1 in 6.5 overs (B.S.Luital 34*)

Nepal has done well so far to live up to my expectation from the team, I believe the Nepalese have what it takes to be in the semi against UAE. However, knowing how frail the nepalese batsmen are, I am predicting an UAE vs Afghanistan final.

BTW, current runners up Oman does not seem to be making to the QF stage, Bahrain can ensure of that tommorrow by beating Maldives.

Tintin
August 20, 2006, 06:13 AM
You can't beat this one :

Myanmar 10 allout

Nepal 11/0 in 0.2 overs


http://www.acctrophy2006.com/g_200806_03.htm

Miraz
August 20, 2006, 06:29 AM
You can't beat this one :

Myanmar 10 allout

Nepal 11/0 in 0.2 overs


http://www.acctrophy2006.com/g_200806_03.htm

This is probably the shortest and equally funniest one day match ever played in any international competition.

thebest
August 20, 2006, 06:40 AM
Mynamer may be all out for 10. But most of the players are native unlike the high scoring arab teams. ACC should do something to promote native player in arab states. Otherwise it is becoming a competition for expat pakistanies.

TheWatcher
August 20, 2006, 06:43 AM
QF line up-

UAE vs Qatar
Nepal vs Bahrain
Afghanistan vs Malaysia
Singapore vs Kuwait

All the matches will be played on the 22nd.

Rabz
August 20, 2006, 06:57 AM
You can't beat this one :

Myanmar 10 allout

Nepal 11/0 in 0.2 overs


http://www.acctrophy2006.com/g_200806_03.htm

11 players managed to score 10??
WOW!! thats an impressive feat !!!

Rabz
August 20, 2006, 06:58 AM
looks like UAE, Nepal, Malaysia and Singapore gonna make it to the Semis.
good luck to Nepal and Singapore.

thebest
August 20, 2006, 06:59 AM
11 players managed to score 10??
WOW!! thats an impressive feat !!!
somedays ago in UK, 11 players manged 0 run. That was impresive, not this.

Rabz
August 20, 2006, 10:15 AM
somedays ago in UK, 11 players manged 0 run. That was impresive, not this.

but that was a local match.. two club teams playing with each other...
this is international stage... two national teams representing thier country...

AsifTheManRahman
August 21, 2006, 12:03 PM
11 players managed to score 10??
WOW!! thats an impressive feat !!!

not only that, but singapore picked up the required runs in the minimum number of balls possible :)

i really want afghanistan to qualify (although it would be a pity to watch Malaysia bow out). would like to see how they fare against the big boys of asia.

akabir77
August 21, 2006, 12:37 PM
not only that, but singapore picked up the required runs in the minimum number of balls possible :)



where do u see singapore I thought the match was agianst nepal!!!!:confused:

TheWatcher
August 22, 2006, 12:19 PM
Semifinal line up-

UAE vs Nepal
Afghanistan vs Hong Kong

Semifinals will be played on the 24th.

www.acctrophy2006.com (http://www.acctrophy2006.com)

:fire: :fire: GOOOOOO AFGHANISTAN :fire::fire:

Tigers_eye
August 22, 2006, 12:57 PM
Semifinal line up-

UAE vs Nepal
Afghanistan vs Hong Kong

Semifinals will be played on the 24th.

www.acctrophy2006.com (http://www.acctrophy2006.com)

:fire: :fire: GOOOOOO AFGHANISTAN :fire::fire:

Go Nepal!! Beat the crap out of everybody.

israr
August 22, 2006, 05:33 PM
:joy: Come on, UAE, be the consecutive title holders of the ACC Trophy:fire:

HawkEye000
August 23, 2006, 03:00 AM
I really hope Nepal and Afganistan goes to the final. The UAE and Hong kong team are just made up of some Indian and Pakistani immigrants. Afghanistan and Nepal have real potential as the locals (natives) play the game.

akabir77
August 23, 2006, 08:06 AM
I really hope Nepal and Afganistan goes to the final. The UAE and Hong kong team are just made up of some Indian and Pakistani immigrants. Afghanistan and Nepal have real potential as the locals (natives) play the game.
agree
go afgan and go nepal.(beside I have a few nepali friends here)

Xavier
August 24, 2006, 06:50 AM
Update from semifinals!

Nepal 103 lost to UAE 105-1 by 9 wickets

Hong Kong 157 v Afghanistan 95-6 (30 overs)

Nepal can't survive their dreams once again (as it also happened in wcqs2 last year when they were favourites but lost to Fiji) and now their chances to qualify for world cup 2011 have diminished (they will have to win ACC in 2008 to reach WL2).
As UAE are already in World League 2 the semifinals between HK and Afghanistan will secure to the winner a place in WL3 (with USA, Papua, Uganda, Fiji, Italy, Cayman/Argentina, african regional qualifier winner).

ACC site is down so I'm getting updates from cricketeurope:
http://www.cricketeurope4.net/CRICKETEUROPE/index.shtml

Navarene
August 24, 2006, 07:16 AM
I can feel the pain of Nepal as we have had the same experiences in ACC trophy before...too close, yet too far away. I really wanted Nepal to outcast UAE and to be the ACC champ. But the way nepalese cricket is developing, I am hopeful about their future

Xavier
August 24, 2006, 07:18 AM
...and Afghanistan lose too!

Hong Kong into ACC Trophy 2006 Final after rain ends tense semi-final

Hong Kong 157 beat Afghanistan 108-7 by 18 runs (D/L method) (http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/content/url/257633.html)

(from HK cricket site)
http://www.cricinfo.com/link_to_database/NATIONAL/ICC_MEMBERS/HKG/

Hong Kong are really surprising finalists after being thrashed by Nepal and having a tie to Kuwait in group stage... it also looked like they were eliminated after that match before net run-rate re-calculation awarded them a 0.03 advantage on Kuwait!

Big disappointment for two fast-improving asian big-hopes Nepal and Afghanistan... and Hong Kong qualify for World League 3!

Xavier
August 24, 2006, 07:25 AM
This is the structure of World League Divisions to 2009 WC qualifiers:
http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/9149/tnworldcricketleaguexn0.jpg

After playing some brilliant matches Nepal and Afghanistan are back to where they started!

TheWatcher
August 24, 2006, 07:35 AM
This is the problem with the cup system- one bad day and you are pegged back for another four years. ACC needs to adapt the league system like Europe and Americas when it concerns the world cup qualification.

Unfortunate to say, Hong Kong does not stand a chance against likes of Fiji, PNG, and Uganda in WCQS III league.

Xavier
August 24, 2006, 08:52 AM
This is the problem with the cup system- one bad day and you are pegged back for another four years. ACC needs to adapt the league system like Europe and Americas when it concerns the world cup qualification.



I think World League is a good idea but it was wrongly applied: ICC only made a world ranking from 2007 WC qualifiers and then Division-system was done... but you can't make a world-ranking for associates on only one tournament, and then having a narrow entry (only one place for region) to it.
Danmark and Oman are in division 2 and Italy and probably Cayman qualified for division 3 but I'm pretty sure that these teams are all weaker than ACC Trophy semifinal losers (and Italy was actually beaten by Nepal in wcqs2 2005).
IMO this all just goes to show that ICC is still quite careless about associates development... they should give a sort of "international status" to the games played by all associates and then having a serious world ranking based on two years matches, not only giving a slight chance to emerge once each two years!

Tigers_eye
August 24, 2006, 08:55 AM
O well!May be next time.

What are the results on Qatar-Bahrain and Singapore-Malaysia?

akabir77
August 24, 2006, 09:21 AM
dangg looks like another bd in development. nepal was playing so well what happen in one game? i am sure those uae hired guns started playing all the tricks they have in their sleeves... like ball temp, sledging etc...

TheWatcher
August 24, 2006, 10:28 AM
Danmark and Oman are in division 2 and Italy and probably Cayman qualified for division 3 but I'm pretty sure that these teams are all weaker than ACC Trophy semifinal losers (and Italy was actually beaten by Nepal in wcqs2 2005).
Asia is actually too big (even after so many countries joined the EAP region) to have only one qualifying slot in the WLC div 3. ICC should have given atleast one more slot to Asia.

Oh well, Afghanistan and Nepal will have another shot at ACC trophy and world cup qualification in 2008.

Rabz
August 24, 2006, 11:05 AM
oh..too bad Nepal missed out...
im really dissapointed.
well, better luck next time our Nepalese brothers.

TheWatcher
August 24, 2006, 12:32 PM
Anyway, I think it is time for Bangladesh to start playing the big brother role and give Nepal an entry into our national league (Afghanistan, I believe, already has an entry into a Pakistani league), like Pakistan and India have often given us entries into their domestic leagues.

Xavier
August 24, 2006, 01:10 PM
oh..too bad Nepal missed out...
im really dissapointed.
well, better luck next time our Nepalese brothers.

I think they must feel a lot of bitterness to see Hong Kong reaching the final (and WL3 place) as they beat the "chinese" by 87 runs in the group stage!

Xavier
August 24, 2006, 01:15 PM
Asia is actually too big (even after so many countries joined the EAP region) to have only one qualifying slot in the WLC div 3. ICC should have given atleast one more slot to Asia.

Oh well, Afghanistan and Nepal will have another shot at ACC trophy and world cup qualification in 2008.

I do agree. Asia is by far the better and most developing cricketing zone... if they will still have only one place as regional qualifier for WL3 in 2008 that will mean that only one between Nepal and Afghanistan could have to chance to play WC2011 qualifiers. And the way these teams are quickly improving it seems quite unfair to me to allow only one of them to have this chance.

AsifTheManRahman
August 24, 2006, 01:28 PM
so it's hong kong and uae <b>again</b> in the next asia cup.

israr
August 24, 2006, 04:22 PM
But this time, I want Bangladesh to face UAE

Xavier
August 25, 2006, 07:43 AM
so it's hong kong and uae again in the next asia cup.

...so ACC could take the chance of inviting also Nepal and Afghanistan to have an eight team competition instead of a six one (as it is now)... IMO it would be much more interesting but then I think the big names would complain for a too busy schedule!:confused:


...btw in the meantime Afghanistan beat Nepal to end the tournament on an excellent 3rd place:
AFGHANISTAN WON BY 64 RUNS (D/L METHOD)
Afghanistan: 269 for 8 in 50 overs (N.Khan 49, K.Sadiq 55, A.Ahmadi 46, M.Nabi 60)
Nepal: 115 for 5 after 33 overs
(S.Gauchan 42; A.Ahmadi 3-18)
Man of the Match: Ahmad Shah Ahmadi (Afghanistan)


http://www.acctrophy2006.com/index.htm

TheWatcher
August 30, 2006, 12:13 PM
According to ACC website, instead of using regional qualification leagues as feeders for the WCL Div 3 league, ICC will start WCL Div 5 league from 2008 and Afghanistan will be one of the countries to play in that league. They also mentioned 5 ACC associate countries will compete for 2011 WC qualification, I am wondering if the fifth country is Nepal.

http://www.asiancricket.org/images/img_2011_wcp2.jpg

TheWatcher
September 14, 2006, 07:36 AM
From Cricket Europe (http://www.cricketeurope.net/DATABASE/ARTICLES/articles/000026/002660.shtml)-

An eight-team Division 5 tournament now planned for the first half of 2008, five places in which are assigned to the next ranked country in each region. Norway are guaranteed a slot, along with Afghanistan, Argentina, Botswana and the Cook Islands.

The three remaining places will be allocated by the ICC Development Committee when it meets in December, and those allocations will be based on the rankings of the next group of countries. This means that Jersey, runners-up to Norway in this year’s European Second Division tournament, and possibly even Germany, who finished third, will be competing with The Bahamas, Panama, Nepal, Singapore, Mozambique, Zambia and Japan for those last three positions.

Even the Division 5 countries have a theoretical chance of qualifying for the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup: the top two in that competition will progress to Division 4, to be held later in 2008. The remaining four participants in that tournament will be the bottom four from the 2007 Division 3 competition, and the top two from Division 4 will then move on to the 2009 version of Division 3.

With the sides finishing first and second in Division 3 qualifying for the ICC World Cup Qualifier (former ICC Trophy) – the qualifying tournament for the 2011 World Cup – it is imaginable that a country could progress from the lower reaches of the World Cricket League to the High Performance Programme and the premier global one-day competition in the space of eighteen magical months.

And even if they fall short of that target, the planned expansion of the High Performance Programme to include a second tier of non-Test countries will be a powerful incentive in itself.

TheWatcher
December 21, 2006, 04:08 PM
Nepal and Singapore (4th and 5th place holders in ACC Trophy) are given wild card entries into WCL div 5. This means a total of six Asian associate countries will play in WCL- UAE, Oman (div 2), HK (div 3), Afghanistan, Nepal, and Singapore (div 5).

- CricketEurope (http://www.cricketeurope4.net/DATABASE/ARTICLES/articles/000035/003519.shtml)

I say it again- Afghanistan and Nepal should be encouraged by us. May be BCB can invite one of those countries to come play in NCL one day championship.

akabir77
December 21, 2006, 05:25 PM
Nepal and Singapore (4th and 5th place holders in ACC Trophy) are given wild card entries into WCL div 5. This means a total of six Asian associate countries will play in WCL- UAE, Oman (div 2), HK (div 3), Afghanistan, Nepal, and Singapore (div 5).

- CricketEurope (http://www.cricketeurope4.net/DATABASE/ARTICLES/articles/000035/003519.shtml)

I say it again- Afghanistan and Nepal should be encouraged by us. May be BCB can invite one of those countries to come play in NCL one day championship.
exactly instead of playing the scottish we should get nepal and afgan players play our domestic and academy teams.

AsifTheManRahman
December 21, 2006, 05:53 PM
i think nepal will have a long stint in the associate level, just like us. so much enthusiasm and support for the game, and so many talents, and yet they fail to impress again and again, just like we did back in the late seventies, eighties and early-mid nineties.