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ACC to seek ODI status for 5 countries

Published: Monday, December 4, 2000, 17:40 [IST]
 
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Faisalabad: The Asian Cricket Council will press for One-day International status for at least five Asian countries in the next five years, an ACC official said Saturday."ACC's prime objective is to promote cricket in the continent and as interest grows we would like to press for One-day International status for at least five countries," ACC secretary Zakir Hussain Syed told AFP."UAE and Hong Kong will be playing Asia Cup next year so all their matches will be internationals but in International Cricket Council's next meeting in June 2001 we would request for UAE's case for ODI status," Syed, a Pakistani, said.He said later the ACC would seek ODI status for Hong Kong and three others, which were yet to be decided. The ACC met in Dubai last week and discussed its development programme under which all its 12 associate members would get a lift, Syed said."Our main focus is on the associate members with Bangladesh as the major beneficiary as it needs support after getting Test status," Syed said.The full ACC members are India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh while assciate members are Fiji, Hong Kong, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Oman, Qatar, Papua New Guinea, Singpaore and United Arab Emirates.ACC will also train its umpires and referees, Syed said. "We have allocated special funds for umpires and referees as we want to improve this area to make our officials more worthy.""It was sheer injustice that there was only one umpire - Venkatraghavan of India - in the ICC knock out event last September." Syed said India's refusal to tour Pakistan because of political problems between the two countries was a matter of concern for the ACC."India's refusal was discussed at length. It is harmful for the region," he said, adding a three-member ACC delegation would meet Indian Government officials soon to seek a review of the decision."India's refusal may also harm next year's Asia Cup but Pakistan has decided to hold the event with or without India," he said.Copyright @2000 AFP. All rights reserved

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