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Malaysian Cricket Association establishes a Cricket Center of Excellence in Asia Pacific University

Being excellent is not just about winning. Even if you fall behind, run faster, never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds. That’s excellence in character and that’s what cricket has taught me. Mahinda Vallipuram, President of Malaysian Cricket Association.

Malaysian Cricket Association and Asia Pacific University have chosen a great time to come together towards establishing a Centre of Excellence. This partnership is borne of the desire of both organisations to grow and nurture the spirit of excellence in Malaysian youth. With the combination of MCA’s cricketing expertise and APU’s innovative approach to higher education for all, the future of national athletes with degrees is just an intake away for this iconic university.

Malaysian Cricket Association’s current pool of national athletes are in various stages of pursuing higher education and this initiative will pave the way for young talent to view their commitment in high performance sports at the same time as pursuing higher education as a viable option. Pursuing higher education does not mean that you must sacrifice your dream of being a national athlete, or vice versa.

This dream has come true for many youngsters in Malaysia. With this collaboration, Malaysian Cricket Association may select up to five national athletes a year to be able to pursue their higher education up to degree level at Asia Pacific University, and still continue to play their beloved game of cricket at local and international levels. It will take excellence to achieve this for any sportsman or sportswoman, as both pursuits require focus, commitment and determination.

 

Malaysian Cricket Association is eager to move forward with Asia Pacific University in this collaboration. This collaboration will open up opportunities for APU’s cricket-playing students to train with international coaches on a regular basis, form formidable teams and participate in Malaysian
tournaments.

In 2018 alone, Malaysian Cricket Association will manage 20 domestic tournaments and 12 international tournaments. Alongside cricket tournaments, Malaysian Cricket Association will also introduce interested students to many other sports management careers including coaching, umpiring, scoring, commentary, broadcasting, among others. As the 2nd most watched TV sport in the world, these additional skills will enhance APU students’ employability tremendously, and garner interest from the
international student community.

We will endeavor to make this collaboration a winning one, for MCA’s national athletes and APU’s student communities.

Cricket Association is the governing body of cricket in Malaysia, located in Bandar Kinrara, Puchong. We gained associate membership of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1967, and played in the first ICC Trophy in 1979. We have been member of the Asian Cricket Association (ACC) since its incorporation in 1983 and have competed in every ACC Trophy.

Since 2004, the Kinrara Oval in Puchong, Selangor has been the home ground of the MCA. Our grounds is the first in South East Asia to have floodlights for night cricket, and we aim to be Asia’s Cricket Hub as we have hosted countless domestic and international cricket successfully.

Our president, Mahinda Vallipuram, is also the elected Associate Member Director of the International Cricket Council (ICC). This position allows him to participate in various development platforms, putting Malaysian cricket’s development on the right path.