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KUALA LUMPUR, April 30 -- Mohammed Iqbal Ali , the newly-appointed president of the Malaysian Cricket Association (MCA), wants to continue the development and expansion of the sport so that it can become among the major sports in the country.
He said MCA’s vision was to improve the national team’s ranking, pay more attention to the women’s game and extend the development programme in Sabah and Sarawak.
“We will continue what we have been doing for the last four years, improve cricket-playing facilities and raise the quality of our players,” he said when contacted today.
Mohammed Iqbal was returned unopposed in the recent election, replacing Mahinda Vallipuram, who did not contest, and said that the MCA also wanted to further strengthen their collaboration with the Education Ministry to develop the sport at the grassroots level.
“We have introduced a shorter format to gain the parents and ministry’s trust to include cricket in the syllabus as the sport can be played even during physical education period at school,” he said.
On the national team's development, he said more overseas training and playing exposures were required to raise the standard of Malaysian cricket.