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Cricket News - Feature Article

10/09/02

East Asia - Pacific Region, News for August 2002

Tonga Appoints Full-Time Development Officer

With the support of the International Cricket Council Development Program, the Tonga Cricket Association announced that Sione Holi had been appointed as the first ever long-term full-time Development Officer employed by the TCA.

Holi, 26, has represented the national senior team at both the 2001 ICC Pacifica Cricket Championships in Auckland and the same event in Samoa in 2002. Tonga was the highest placed ICC Affiliate member at both Championships.  Holi's role will involve daily activities in primary and secondary schools such as promotional clinics and teacher training.  He will also be integral to the organisation and expansion of the TCA's senior competitions and establishment of new junior leagues.

This period represents a very busy and exciting period for cricket in Tonga which includes:

* First-ever cricket training nets in Tonga established
* New TCA development partnership with Canterbury CA in New Zealand
* Tonga elite players to visit Australian Cricket Academy in October
* Tonga representative to ICC Advanced Coaches/Development Officer course in
Melbourne
* South Pacific games, Fiji in June/July 2003
* ICC East Asia-Pacific World Cup Qualifying Series tournament in early 2004
View the full media release

ICC Annual Conference Outcomes

The ICC Annual Conference, held earlier this year, decided on a number of matters of specific significance to the Development Program. The three main decisions that were taken are outlined below:

1. New ICC World Cup Qualifying Series

The newly adopted WCQS groupings see EAP Associates Papua New Guinea & Fiji first competing in Division 3, along with Hong Kong, Singapore, Argentina & Malaysia. This event will be held in Malaysia in August 2003 and another EAP WCQS Regional Qualifier will be established in 2004.

2. New ICC Player Eligibility Rules

The eligibility rules for international cricket tournaments/events were discussed at great length during the Conference and are now agreed upon. In determining player eligibility there is basically a two step process for all Associate and Affiliate Member countries.

Step 1. Firstly a player must meet one or more of the central eligibility criteria;

(i) A national of the country (as defined by the country) or
(ii) Born in the country or
(iii) Resident in the country for seven years (183 days per year)

Step 2. If they meet one of those criteria they must also meet one or more of the Development Criteria which are

(i) Played 50% of games in national competition in any three of five preceding years or
(ii) Spent a cumulative total of 100 days over preceding five years in the country doing cricket work or
(iii) Played representative cricket for that country in the past or
(iv) Done enough to convince Chairman of ICC that he has genuine commitment to development of cricket in the country.

Countries may play an unlimited number of players who qualify under the above two step process.

They may also play a maximum of two 'deemed nationals'. These are players who do not qualify above, but who have resided in the country for the last four years for a minimum of 183 days each year and meet the Development Criteria.

The full eligibility rules are laid out in detail on the ICC Website under Rules and Regulations (Item 6).

3. New ICC Membership Criteria

The proposed new membership criteria (Item 7) were presented and approved at the Annual Conference.  The new criteria give more clarity to countries regarding what is required at, and to achieve, each level of membership.  Membership category requirements are divided into four sections - playing, facilities, administration and finance. The following links are to the relevant membership criteria and are in PDF format.

Australian Cricket Academy Placements

Thanks to a grant and support provided from the Australian Cricket Board (ACB), the EAP Region will have 16 elite players/coaches attend the Australian Cricket Academy in Adelaide in October. They will come from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Japan, Samoa, Tonga & Vanuatu and will undergo an intensive two-week training program under the guidance of former Australian Test player, Wayne Phillips, and other expert coaches.

Win a Flicx Pitch!
The are still 4 Flicx pitches to be given away in the EAP Region in 2002, for further details on the Flicx Competition!

ICC East Asia-Pacific Staff Visit Papua New Guinea

ICC East Asia-Pacific Development Manager, Matthew Kennedy, recently spent three days in Papua New Guinea meeting with key PNG sporting officials and sitting on the selection panel for the PNGCB full-time Operations Manager position (announcement expected shortly). Regional Development Officer and PNG Cricket High Performance Coordinator, Tim Anderson, also visited PNG in August, conducting activities with the country's leading players and coaches such as the first ever Level 1 Coach Education Course, a National U/19 Squad camp and a Senior National Squad camp. Queensland Cricket Game Development Manager, Mark McLatchey, also attended/assisted.

Umpiring Courses in Fiji and The Pacific

Following his outstanding efforts in umpire education in Fiji, Tony Cooper will soon take up a volunteer role as ICC East Asia - Pacific Regional Umpiring Coordinator. His recent Introductory Level Courses in Nadi and Labasa in Fiji were a great success with over 30 keen participants.  As part of his new role, Cooper will attend a Senior Umpiring Seminar in Sydney in September, conducted by leading Australian umpire Darrell Hair, and then begin conducting courses in other Pacific countries such as Samoa, Cook Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu. If successful, it is hoped that this program can later be expanded to PNG & the East Asia nations and a key is him identifying and guiding persons in each country to take on similar umpire training and promotion roles there.

Japan Cricket Association Seeks Full-Time Operations Manager

An exciting and challenging opportunity exists to fulfil a professional sports administration role in Japan. The Japan Cricket Association is seeking applications for the new full-time position of Operations Manager.  Employed and empowered by the JCA, the Operations Manager's responsibilities will include:

* Day-to-day operations of the JCA
* Strategic and operational planning and reporting
* JCA grass roots/junior/schools/elite development
* Marketing and promotion of the sport of cricket in Japan

For more information on the above position view the ICC media release.

Reproduced with the permission of the ICC

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