ACC news January 21, 2008

Saudi Arabia's slightly hollow victory

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

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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  • 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...

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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".

  • 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...

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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".

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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...