ACC seminar on cricket in Asia

Published: Sunday, May 9, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:A two-day Asian Cricket Council (ACC) seminar will discuss Asia's big strides in the sport and how to develop them further in the wake of improved ties between India and Pakistan, an official said.

"The revival of cricketing ties between Pakistan and India is a big boost and top experts from around the world will gather at the May 9-10 seminar to further discuss the development of the sport," ACC chief executive Ashraful Huq said.

India last month completed a historic deadlock-breaking tour of Pakistan, their first across the border for 15 years.

"Cricket was poorer without matches between Pakistan and India and now we hope that the sport will attain new heights in the near future," said Huq, who hails from Bangladesh.

International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani and chief executive Malcolm Speed will also join discussions during the ACC seminar.

Huq said July's Asia Cup in Sri Lanka will further help strengthen India-Pakistan ties and give a boost to cricket in Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates.

Nepal's win over a professional South Africa in the Under-19 World Cup this year speaks volumes about the progress of the game in Asia, said Huq.

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