The Malaysian Cricket Association brings the Asian Under-16 Cricket tournament to Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Cricket Association (MCA) is all set to host the Asian Cricket Council Under-16 Elite Cup biennial tournament which starts today (May 4).
The competition is being held in Kuala Lumpur and Penang with the final scheduled for May 13, 2012.
The tournament, which is being held in Malaysia for the first time since its inception in 2010 in Nepal, will see nine teams vying for the trophy.
It is played by the nine-highest ranked youth teams in Asia. The teams are divided into two groups, in which Group A will consist of Singapore, Hong Kong, Oman and Thailand while Group B consists of Nepal, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iran and host Malaysia.
"This tournament will display the best upcoming players in the game from this part of the world and we are honoured to be hosting it. On behalf of Malaysian Cricket Association and the Organising Committee, I would like to thank ACC for the opportunity," said Tournament Director Venu Ramadass.
"We are ready to host and we are expecting an exciting tournament. The teams are looking eager to battle it out," he added.
The preliminary Group A matches will be played at the Penang Sports Club Oval with Penang Cricket Association playing host in the island state.
The Group B teams will play at the Kinrara Oval and Bayuemas Oval with two placing matches played at the Selangor Turf Club (STC) Oval. The top two teams from the respective groups will meet in cross over semi-finals to determine the finalist. The rest of the teams will be involved in placing matches.
The bottom two teams will move down to the Challenge Cup level at its next competition which is also held every two years.
“It looks to be a tough tournament but the exposure is going to very valuable but I am confident of a top place finish,” said Kuala Lumpur born Malaysian captain,” D. Thejas Rajah, 15.
All the umpires are from Malaysia except for two from Singapore and Thailand.
Captains of Group B Teams left to right Afshin Tiredast, 16 (Iran); Lalith Lal, 15 (Bahrain); D. Thejas Rajah, 15 (Malaysia); Deependra Chand, 16 (Nepal); Mohammed Meezan Ali, 15 (Kuwait)
Thejas Rajah eyes the Cup