Sunday June 24, 2012
MCA blunder with ACC Under-19 fixtures
By AFTAR SINGH
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Cricket Association (MCA) blundered big time with the fixtures of the ACC Under-19 Asia Cup which got underway yesterday.
The fixtures stated that Malaysia were to face Pakistan in the opening Group A match yesterday and national coach Roy Diaz had prepared the team accordingly.
Imagine his surprise then when the organisers informed the media that Malaysia would be playing India instead.
Malaysia are known to be efficient hosts of international tournaments but they stepped on their own wicket with this howler.
MCA apologised for the inconvenience caused without explaining why it happened.
Malaysia got off to a bad start as they lost by eight wickets to India in the match played at Kinrara Oval in Puchong.
India won the toss and put Malaysia in to bat, restricting the home team to 126 in 39.3 overs. Skipper Derek Michael Duraisingam top scored with 21 runs.
India scored 130 for two wickets in 31 overs.
India’s Vikas Mishra, who was named man of the match, did the damage with four wickets while Rush Bipinbhai Kalaria and Unmukt Chand took two each.
In another Group A match, Pakistan also defeated Nepal by eight wickets at the Bayuemas ground in Klang.
Nepal scored 156 runs and Pakistan lost only two wickets in reply.
India face arch rivals Pakistan today at the Kinrara Oval and the winners will book a place in the semi-finals.
Malaysia’s next match is against Nepal today before they take on Pakistan on Tuesday.
Another defeat will end the national team’s hopes of making the semis.
In Group B, Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by four wickets while Bangladesh trounced Qatar by 328 runs.
All the teams here, except for Malaysia and Qatar, will feature in the Under-19 World Cup in Brisbane in August.