Thursday, July 03, 2014

MCA Confident Of Making The Semis In Asian Games

KUALA LUMPUR, July 2 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Cricket Association (MCA) are optimistic of reaching the semifinals in the 2014 Asia Games in Incheon, South Korea which starts on Sept 19.

MCA executive secretary Clarence Selvam said the optimism was based on the national team's recent performance and achievement at the ICC World Cricket League Division Four.

Malaysia beat Singapore to emerge as the champion in the Division Four League.

Selvam said though the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) has only set a quarterfinal target, the national squad was capable of pulling off a surprise or two to make the semifinals and better the quarterfinal stage finish at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, China.

"The organizers of the 2014 Asian Games are expected to release the list of participating teams on Aug 21. We will have a better picture once the list is released," he told Bernama, here today.

Meanwhile, the MCA's target for national women's cricket team that is expected to face a stiff challenge from Bangladesh and Pakistan, is to reach the quarterfinal stage.

He said 35 players have been identified to undergo training before the number is reduced to 15 in the final phase.

"The OCM has given MCA until the end of the month to submit the final list of players...," said Selvam.

In the 2010 Asian Games held in Guangzhou, the men's and women's teams managed to reach the quarterfinal stage.

-- BERNAMA

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