New Delhi, March 30: Asian Cricket Council (ACC) chief Jay Shah is interested in reviving the Afro-Asian Cricket Project, which was first discussed in 2005 by the late Jagmohan Dalmiya but ended prematurely in 2009.
Shah has proposed a model that is commercially viable, financially feasible, and technically sustainable.
“The project will ensure that there is real transformation at the grassroots level with age group cricketers as the focus. The plan is formulated to provide more opportunities for cricketers at the Under-16, Under-19 and Under-19 levels. 23 having qualified coaches who nurture and mentor them, they have a strong competition design where they get more playing time and more importantly they can test their skills against up-and-coming players from across the continent,” Shah said in a statement.
Now that Asia is the biggest market for the game, Shah wants to use the popularity of the game in the region, its structure, its technical expertise to reach out to African nations and help them strengthen their base and age group system.
Both Asia and Africa now make up 47 member countries and with the African Cricket Association (AFC) member nations having a strong cricketing population of over 570 million, Shah’s proposed project will ensure that both the ACC and AFC benefit. of this unique association.