December 4, 2007

Singapore

Eight teams expelled in ACC age row

Martin Williamson
Rezza Gaznavi receives the ACC Under-15 Elite Cup after Singapore defeated Kuwait by six wickets.  It was, however, a slightly hollow victory, as eight of the ten competing sides had earlier been disqualified for fielding under-age players, and so Singapore and Kuwait contested the final as they were the only teams remaining in the competition, Bhaktapur, December 3, 2007
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Singapore defeated Kuwait by six wickets to win the ACC Under-15 Elite Cup in Bhaktapur, Nepal. It was, however, a slightly hollow victory, as eight of the ten competing sides had earlier been disqualified for fielding over-age players, and so Singapore and Kuwait contested the final as they were the only teams remaining in the competition.

The Asian Cricket Council had taken drastic action on Saturday and kicked out hosts and defending champions Nepal as well as Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Thailand after its medical board reported that all the squads from those countries contained players over the stipulated age limit. Sunday's semi-finals - Nepal v Singapore and Afghanistan v Hong Kong - were scrapped.

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Posted by Bulldog on (March 13, 2008, 22:33 GMT)

This practice of over age players is still rampant . See recent ACC Challenge Cup headlines. Very disappointing and official documentation means nothing. Integrity means everything.

Posted by Cricketer on (December 6, 2007, 23:51 GMT)

Why can't the birth dates on the passports be used as the official dates? These passports are government documents! New technology seems to be creeping into the admin side of things ofthis gamenow.

Anyway, it now seems that there is someone within the ACC who now is doing his / her job correctly and not being influenced by the countries and some unfair administrators of this game.

More change is required within the ACC group - bring in fresh and throw out the rotten????

Posted by Michi Aussenmauer on (December 4, 2007, 13:56 GMT)

The victory is indeed hollow - in fact it appears that the ACC Elite Cup would be nothing short of a burlesque or a farce.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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