January 21, 2008

ACC news

Saudi Arabia's slightly hollow victory

Martin Williamson

Saudi Arabia won the ACC Under-19 Challenge Cup, but the tournament was marred by six of the ten participants withdrawing.

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Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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Posted by yasir on (February 20, 2008, 16:00 GMT)

hey... i was there at this tournament. i am a Pakistani who formerly lived in Saudi but now am in Pakistan.. i played in this match...

Posted by Spectator on (January 25, 2008, 13:31 GMT)

More planning is needed in these tournaments. The ACC do see shear numbers as a plus though Mike is correct, lets have quality and not quantity. The word was that Iran missed their flights?

Posted by Fazlul karim Sohel on (January 23, 2008, 12:23 GMT)

Day by day cricket in increasing & wieding.world wide cricket fun they are enjoy this game. I'm working in Saudi Arabia. I saw there are also same.When I came here I can't belive Saudi they are playing cricket. It is good for cricket & ICC.But there are so problem for playing cricket.Temperature is very hihg always. No cricket ground for natoinal team. NO sponsor.

Posted by Mike Bailey on (January 21, 2008, 15:28 GMT)

Whilst possibly the emphasis of youth tournaments is to offer players the exposure against their peers in other countries doesn't the term championship seem a misnomer if the round-robin stage of the championship serves as little more than a warm-up if all qualify? Given the fact that many Olympic team sports (e.g. football) are effectively age-limited tournaments, doesn't the failure to ensure that sure tournaments run without such hitches not prove very detrimental to how cricket is viewed by the IOC. Perhaps proof that quality not quantity needs to be observed if events are touted as "Championships".

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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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