Notes from Around the System for October 1

Congrats to Captain Sana Mir and the entire Pakistan Women Cricket Team, for their gold medal in the Asian Games. From the Express Tribune: “Pakistan retained the women’s Twenty20 cricket gold medal at the Asian Games on Friday by defeating spirited Bangladesh in a rain-affected final, as Sri Lanka took home the bronze. … Pakistan, electing to bat after winning the toss, were restricted to 97-6 by a steady Bangladeshi bowling attack. Bismah Maroof top-scored with 24 and leg-spinner Rumana Ahmed claimed two wickets for 13 runs. … Bangladesh, making a strong dash for the revised Duckworth-Lewis target of 43 from seven overs following a heavy downpour during the break, scored 38-9 to lose by four runs.” The men’s tournament is at the semi-final stage.

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The American Cricket Federation has been busy the last couple weeks, launching newly designed kits and logos for each of its Champions League teams, and their third annual National Championship starts October 10. Via Facebook: “In addition to winning American bragging rights for 2014, the national champion team also receives an automatic invitation to represent the United States against the Canadian champion squad at the 2015 North American Cricket Championship in Phoenix, Arizona.”

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Scotland are in the market for a new director, as Roddy Smith is leaving for greener pastures after 10 years. The BBC: “During Smith’s time as chief executive, his management team have increased from eight to 25 and turnover has quadrupled. … Cricket Scotland reported a rise in participation figures for players, coaches and umpires during those 10 years. … And the national side have secured a place at next year’s World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand by beating Kenya in a qualifying event.” Giles Clarke will probably be available after the next World Cup.

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Speaking of Kenya: “Aasif Karim, the former Kenya captain, has lamented the ‘death’ of Kenyan cricket in a year in which the national team lost the ODI status it received from the ICC in 1996 and failed to make it to the 50-over World Cup and this year’s World Twenty20 – the two premier ICC events. … ‘Kenya cricket is dead,’ Karim, who led Kenya during their 1999 World Cup campaign, said during an in extensive interview with ESPNcricinfo. ‘It is dead and buried. Your intent can be good but if you’re not competent to do something, it doesn’t happen. We’ve had an incompetent administration for the last ten years. The results are clear. Where is the cricket now? My prediction is that from being an Associate team having ODI status we will become an Affiliate.'” (via The Times of India.)

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The ICC has announced the fixture list for the WCL Division 3 tournament that starts Oct. 23: “Bermuda, Nepal, Singapore, Uganda, USA and host Malaysia will lock horns in the eight-day tournament across three grounds, Kinrara, Bayeumas and Selangor Turf Club, with the tournament final to be played at Kinrara on Thursday, 30 October. … The two finalists will gain promotion to Pepsi ICC WCL Div. 2, which will be played in Namibia from 17 to 24 January 2015.  Pepsi ICC WCL Div. 2 is the final step in the qualification pathway to the ICC’s four-day, first-class competition for Associate and Affiliate Members, the ICC Intercontinental Cup, as well as the 50-over Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship.” Lots at stake in other words. I am checking to see if it will be streamed anywhere. Keep an eye on the Streaming Schedule.

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Not football, cricket. From Andina: “Peru and two other South American nations (Brazil and Colombia) will compete in the Amazon Cup Twenty Cricket Tournament to be held on October 4 and 5 in the Colombian capital, Bogota. … Cricket has been played in Peru for over 150 years, at the Lima Cricket & Football Club, and is now undergoing resurgence as a recently-admitted Affiliate Member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and a founder member of Cricket South America, along with Argentina, Brazil and Chile. … The Peruvian capital hosted a triangular Cricket South America Under-13 tournament between Peru, Chile and Argentina in April 2010 and again in 2011.”

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Finally today: Yahoo has a great gallery of photos from the cricket match played at the Summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

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