Lloyd, Greg Chappell to speak in ACC seminar

Published: Sunday, May 2, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Top experts from around the world will meet in Lahore next week to discuss cricket development in Asia, officials have said.

Former West Indies great Clive Lloyd and ex-Australian star Greg Chappell will be among the guest speakers at the Asian Cricket Council's (ACC) May 9-10 seminar.

International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani and chief executive Malcolm Speed will also join the discussions, said ACC development manager Zakir Hussain Syed.

"The seminar will provide a platform for improved synchronization between Asia and global development program initiatives and give us an opportunity to share ideas and recommendations for development of the game," said Syed.

"Workshops will discuss Asia's specific development needs, global needs, cricket education, high performance programs, development of umpires, grounds, pitches, physical fitness, media relations and cricket facilities," he added.

Allahdad Noori, president of the Afghanistan Cricket Association, will attend the seminar as special guest after the ACC and ICC gave the war-ravaged country affiliate membership a year ago.

The ICC development program, launched in 1997 with the aim of spreading the game of cricket, has seen more than 30 new members join the council and a notable improvement of playing standards in existing members.

Currently the ICC has 89 member countries -- 10 full, 27 associate and 52 affiliate members.

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