Sri Lanka’s Sangakkara bats for Asian supremacy in cricket

KARACHI, July 5, 2008 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s wicket-keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara Saturday said Asia leads international cricket as the financial hub and custodian of the game which has pioneered unprecedented globalisation. “Asia have produced teams that have impacted the game in profound ways and cricketers who have individually shaped the way cricket is played and introduced new skills in the game,” he said.

ACC chief executive Ashraful Huq said Asian cricket had come a long way in the last 25 years.

“From a body formed by some eight experienced administrators, the ACC has come a long way and so has Asian cricket. It is a long successful journey and we are proud to be the leaders of world cricket,” said Huq.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Nasim Ashraf, who will take over as ACC chairman from Sri Lanka’s Arjuna Ranatunga on Sunday, said Asian cricket had progressed by leaps and bounds.

“Asian cricket is like Ferrari, going fast and smooth and if we follow the rules of transparency and integrity there is no reason why Asian cricket do not attain maximum heights,” said Ashraf. “Asia have transformed from minnows of world cricket to the true powerhouse of cricket and we are now the economic driving force b