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14 December, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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ACC to work to fortify cricket in Asia

ACC meeting decides Pakistan to host next Asia Cup in 2020
Sports Reporter, Dhaka
ACC to work to fortify cricket in Asia
Newly elected Asian Cricket Council (ACC) President Nazmul Hassan Papon (R-3rd) chairs the first meeting of ACC Executive Board meeting at a hotel in the capital yesterday. BCB Photo

Pakistan earned the hosting rights of the next Asia Cup, scheduled to take place in September, 2020 just a month before the ICC World T20, hosted by Australia in October, 2020. The Asia Cup will be held on Twenty20 format ahead of the extravaganza event.

Nazmul Hassan Papon, the new president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) confirmed journalists while he was talking to media after coming out from an ACC executive board meeting at the Westin Hotel in the capital yesterday. He also informed that some important decisions have been taken to smoothen and ensure its future overall activities with it.

The current president of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ehsan Mani has given the charge of ACC Development Committee. ACC has given responsibility to development committee to find the possibility to induct another tournament for the women’s cricketers within the next one month. It has been decided that ACC will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with International Cricket Stadium (ICC).

ACC vice president K H Imran, PCB president and ACC board member Ehsan Mani, BCCI secretary and its board member Amitabh Choudhury, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury, PCB COO Subhan Ahmad, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) president Kamal Pathmasiri, SLC CEO Ashley De Silva, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) president Azziullah Fazale, ACB CEO Shafiq Stanikzai along with ACC board members Ravi Sehgal, Pankaj Khimji and Mohamed Aflah among other also present.

Nazmul Hassan Papon, who is also the president of Bangladesh Cricket Board,  said that they will bounce back in tomorrow match and win the series against visiting West Indies.

“I think, the team and players we have they could be able to claw back in tomorrow’s match. But there is a matter where everybody like you all and me that we will be winners with every team. It’s a team who will win,” Nazmul Hassan said.

“But West Indies are all but stronger side. As days are passing, they are trying to come back strongly. They will also do play better. The biggest thing is that it’ll be a good and competitive cricket. We want that they play well and we also play well,” he told media.

The day’s programme began with the ACC Development Committee meeting at 9:00am followed by the meeting of the Executive Board which started at 11:00am.

Ehsan Mani said that there are some more big programmes in ACC’s planning to make it successful and meaningful in the changed context of the world cricket and Asia cricket as well. “We want to start from Under-16. We, therefore, will start U-19, women’s cricket and Asia Cup which will be run continuously,” said Ehsan Mani.

“Our main planning is to strengthen cricket in each country of Asia who is the strongest area of world cricket. Afghanistan made a good development in Cricket. They got the full membership of ICC,” he told media.

Amitav Choudhury said that they are in overall framework for the FTP and the full members agreed with the proposal.

“After the ICC proposed that they’re in overall framework for the FTP and the full members agreed with the proposal. They’ve been in FTP all most from the period to 2015 to 2023,” Amitav Choudhury said. “However, it leaves a scope for full member countries to encourage cricket in each other's country as far as possible. So we’ll decide on that. Not to worry. We’ll be happy to play in Bangladesh and we’ll be happier to welcome Bangladesh to India,” he told journalists.

 

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