Thatscricket - News - Australia to help Bangla develop game

Published: Monday, February 19, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Melbourne: The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) said on Monday it had reached an agreement on a five-year development plan to assist Bangladesh become more competitive at Test level.Two players from Bangladesh will be accepted into the Australian Cricket Academy each year and the ACB will also assist Bangladesh's attempts to establish their own academy.Australia, the current world champions in Limited Overs cricket and top-ranked Test team, started a tour of India last week. Bangladesh won Test status last June and lost their first Test to India in Dhaka in November.Bangladesh will tour Zimbabwe in April for two Tests. The ACB said in a statement that the measures had been devised at the request of and in consultation with Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Saber Chowdhury."As an experienced cricket organisation, the ACB has a key role in helping other countries reach higher levels and to assist the improvement of the game worldwide,'' ACB chairman Denis Rogers said.Australian under-19 and Australian 'A' teams will play Bangladesh representative teams in Australia and Bangladesh. Australia will also provide an exchange system of management, coaches and umpires.Chowdhury said, Bangladesh had ''plenty more to do'' to become a successful Test nation. "The Australian Board is a highly successful cricketorganisation and I am excited by the immense opportunities our work with the Australian Board presents,'' he said in a statement.Australia's captain Steve Waugh spoke out earlier this month on the issue of the ICC's treatment of Zimbabwe, Kenya and Bangladesh, saying he wanted to see the sport's governing body address the funding gap between the rich and poor cricketing nations."They have been given Test and One-day status but they seem to be left alone once they have been given that status,'' Waugh said. ICC president Malcolm Gray announced earlier this month that the ICC were planning to put more cash into helping Test-match playing countries ''whereas in the past our development money went very much to the grass roots, spreading the message''.The ACB and state and territory associations spent more than Aus$12 million ($ 6.4 million) on funding the game in Australia each year, the ACB said. (c) Reuters Limited. Click here for Restrictions

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