Firstly, I wish to thank each country for their cooperation over the past 5 months or so with regards to fulfilling all preparatory requirements in the lead up to the ICC East Asia-Pacific Cricket Challenge 2004. This has gone a long way to ensuring the event will be a resounding success.
With the start of the tournament now less than two weeks away, this final Information Circular outlines the all important logistical facets along with other important information concerning the ICC East Asia-Pacific Cricket Challenge.
It is vitally important that all involved in the event have a thorough understanding of the contents of this document. Therefore, I recommend that you distribute to all players, coaches, managers and umpires to ensure they know what to expect upon arrival in Japan.
Please note that I will be departing for Japan on Wednesday 19 May, so please forward any urgent queries to me prior to this date. Once in Japan, I am unsure of access to email facilities, however I expect to have a mobile phone, for which I will provide you with the number once I have arrived.
Should you require clarification on any of the issues or topics raised in this document, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
ICC EAST ASIA-PACIFIC CRICKET CHALLENGE 2004
TOURNAMENT INFORMATION CIRCULAR NO.2
1. MAIN CONTACTS
The ICC East Asia–Pacific (EAP) Cricket Challenge will be hosted by the Japan Cricket Association (JCA).
Prior to and during the event, contact details for key ICC and JCA personnel are:
Russell James (ICC)
Robert Gilles Martineau (JCA)
These persons should be each country’s main contact point prior to and during the tournament.
2. TOURNAMENT DATES / VENUE
The ICC East – Pacific Cricket Challenge will take place from Tuesday 25 May - Saturday 29 May 2004.
The Tournament will be played in Fuji, Japan on two cricket ovals which are side by side. Both are concrete pitches with permanent synthetic grass surfaces. Concrete (with synthetic grass) practice nets are also located at the venue.
2.1 Ground Facilities
3. PARTICIPATING TEAMS
Fiji, Indonesia, Japan and Tonga.
4. TOURNAMENT FORMAT
Date Fuji No.1 Fuji No.2
The winner will qualify for the ICC World Cup Qualifying Series Divisional event in Malaysia in February 2005 (along with Papua New Guinea, also from the EAP Region, 3 countries from the Asia Region, 1 country from the Europe Region, 1 country from the Africa Region & 1 country from the Americas Region). The winner of this Malaysia event will then qualify for the ICC Trophy in Ireland in July 2005 where they can possibly qualify for the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.
5. FINANCES / TOURNAMENT AGREEMENT
The Competing Country / Tournament Agreement which each country has
signed clearly outlines what is covered within the tournament budget.
Please refer to this document should you have any questions. In summary
the tournament covers the following:
Competing countries must pay for all other relevant costs incurred that
are not mentioned above. These include, but are not limited to:
Any additional costs are to be paid for prior to departure from Japan unless otherwise arranged.
6. SQUAD INFORMATION
Full squad information will be available in the tournament handbook.
7. VISAS FOR JAPAN
It is expected that all countries have organised visas where necessary.
While ICC has limited public liability cover for the ICC EAP Challenge, no travel or medical insurance is provided for competing nations. It is therefore recommended that all competing countries obtain their own travel and medical cover for the event.
9. MEDICAL FACILITIES
A tournament doctor will provide teams with on-ground medical assistance during matches. For other medical requirements, e.g. hospital/physiotherapy, teams will be advised on a case by case situation. Costs re outside match day medical attention must be paid by each country.
10. LIAISON OFFICERS
Each competing team will be provided with their own liaison officer,
who will speak both English and Japanese (exact names and team allocations
to be advised).
All teams will be met at Narita Airport by their liaison officer and will be provided with bus transportation to the hotel, which is approximately a 4-5 hour trip. Upon departure, a bus will again be provided to transport each team back to the airport.
Please note that if your squad has individual members not arriving/departing with the rest of your team, they will have to make their own arrangement to/from the hotel. If any country is in this situation, please advise Russell James immediately who will advise re individual transportation options.
Please note that any squad members arriving separately from the rest of their team will have to cover the cost of ground transportation themselves, the tournament will not cover this. As a guide, a bullet train ride to Fuji costs approximately AUD$100-150 per person and bus service is approximately AUD$60 per person.
The itineraries below include air and ground transportation. Please check the details for your country and contact me immediately if the information is incorrect.
There are two accommodation venues for the ICC EAP Cricket Challenge:
Fiji, Tonga and tournament officials’ accommodation: Indonesia and Japan accommodation:
Furuya Ryokan Hotel
The tournament office is also located at Furuya, on the 4th floor.
Accommodation is provided to participating countries on an arranged
bed, breakfast, lunch & dinner basis.
Many of the hotel rooms at both accommodation venues are traditional Japanese style, known as Ryokan.
Ryokan are built in a traditional mode of Japanese architectural style and inside you can see and feel the Japan's beautiful culture and tradition.
Guests are obliged to remove their shoes at the entrance of a ryokan or any other kind of Japanese-style accommodation. Slippers are worn inside, except on the tatami matting in the rooms.
A room in a ryokan is usually a single large, undivided room floored with traditional tatami (rice-straw matting), with the only piece of furniture being a single low table (televisions may also be available). Doors are shoji (sliding screens), and decoration will usually be one or two simple ink brush drawings or scrolls. Seating in the room is on cushions, called zabuton, arranged around the low table.
Guests sleep on futon (Japanese style bedding) laid out in the evening. It ordinarily consists of a mattress, sheets, thick coverlet, and extra blankets if needed.
The toilet is usually Japanese-style. You don't sit on it but squat over it, facing the hooded end. Special slippers are usually provided for use only in the toilet cubicle.
Always remember that the bath is used by all guests in common. It is important to keep the bath and bathing area clean while you are using it and to make sure it is clean when you leave. Do not rinse your towel in the bathing water. When bathing at a ryokan or a hot spring, it is important to follow the traditional bathing customs outlined above.
Source: http://www.ryokan.or.jp/ / http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/
12.4 Other Costs
12.6 Hotel Facilities
12.7 Meeting Room
An induction re Japanese culture and protocol will also occur upon arrival/check-in.
As outlined, all breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be covered by the tournament.
13.1 Dietary Requirements
14. PRE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Sunday 23 May
6:00pm Tournament Referee / Umpires meeting
8:00pm Tournament Committee / Team Managers Meeting (all organising committee members & liaison officers to be present)
Meals will be served as per rest day schedule.
Monday 24 May
9:00am - 3:00pm Team Practice Sessions
12:00pm Team Photographs
4:00pm Team Captains and Coaches meeting with Tournament Referee and Technical Committee
5:30pm Change for Welcoming Function (formal attire)
6:00pm Depart Hotel for Welcoming Function
6:30pm Welcoming Function - Dinner
8:30pm Evening Concludes
15. PRACTICE SCHEDULE
The practice day (Monday 24 May) schedule is outlined below
16. MATCH DAY SCHEDULE
The match day schedule is as follows:
6:30am - 7:15am Breakfast
16.1 Hours of Play
Meal times during the rest day are as follows:
8:00am - 8:45am Breakfast
Suggested team activities for the Rest Day will be provided by JCA/ICC (at own cost – further details & indications of amounts to be outlined in Tournament Handbook).
Teams/individuals not planning to have lunch in the hotel on the rest day must advise their Liaison Officer by 7:00pm the previous evening. A boxed lunch may be available on request if you intend to spend the day away from the hotel, otherwise any food purchased will be at the individual’s expense.
18. OFFICIAL COMMITMENTS / MEETINGS
18.1 Tournament Referee / Umpires Meeting
Venue: Furuiya Ryokan Hotel
18.2 Tournament Committee / Team Managers Meeting
Venue: Furuiya Ryokan Hotel
18.3 Captains and Coaches Meeting
Venue: Furuiya Ryokan Hotel
18.4 Welcoming Function
Venue: Hotel Grand Fuji
18.5 Closing Function
Venue: Fuji Ground No.1
Could Team Management please ensure that their squads are aware of the requirements regarding functions and meetings and ensure they are attended punctually.
18.6 Squad Information Sessions - Laws
Arrangements to be advised
18.7 Other Activities
For those countries that advised ICC EAP of team sponsors and subsequently received approval, please ensure that the ICC guidelines regarding clothing specifications, and placement and size of sponsor logos etc. are adhered to. These specifications have previously been provided (Section 14, Page 199, of the ICC Playing Handbook 2003-04).
20. CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
Each participating country will be responsible for the provision of its own playing and practice uniforms and equipment, and any off-field team uniform.
Please note that playing uniforms for the ICC EAP Cricket Challenge must be traditional cricket whites.
20.1 Umpires Clothing
20.2 Cricket Balls
21. LAWS AND PLAYING CONDITIONS
The ICC EAP Challenge will be played under the MCC Laws of Cricket (2000 Code 2nd Edition - 2003, online at www.lords.org). Current One Day International playing conditions will apply, as read in the ICC Playing Handbook 2003-04 (including the ICC Code of Conduct). Playing Conditions booklet is attached (will also be distributed prior to the tournament).
Steve Davis (Australia)
ICC EAP is pleased to have International and Australian First Class umpire Steve Davis as part of the tournament umpiring panel. Steve is part of the ICC’s Emirates International Panel of Umpires. He has made 7 Test appearances and 38 ODI appearances.
21.2 ICC Tournament Referee/Umpires Manager
22. TOURNAMENT TECHNICAL COMMITTEE
The tournament technical committee will be made up of the ICC Tournament Referee (Brian Aldridge), ICC Tournament Director (Russell James), and ICC EAP Regional Development Manager (Tim Anderson).
Each participating team will be provided with a scorer (names and team allocations to be advised).
24. TOURNAMENT BOOKLET
A Tournament Booklet will be prepared and distributed to each team upon arrival (one for every player and official).
If any country has a list of media contacts they wish to receive daily scores and updates from the ICC EAP Cricket Challenge, could these individual/company names and their e-mail and/or fax details please be forwarded to Robert Gilles Martineau immediately.
26. COUNTRY FLAG
Could each country please bring their national flag to the tournament.
While retaining its time-honored culture, Japan rapidly absorbed Western technology during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. After its defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become an economic power and a staunch ally of the US. While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, actual power rests in networks of powerful politicians, bureaucrats, and business executives. The economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s following three decades of unprecedented growth.
Full country name: Japan (Nihon)
27.2 Mt Fuji
Rice is the most important part of a meal. Fish is very popular: Japan is famous for sushi vinegared rice eaten with seafood or vegetables). Other Japanese food includes sukiyaki (thin slices of meat served with vegetables, tofu and vermicelli), chicken, cooked salad, pickles and Konbu kelp (seaweed using for making stock, rich in monosodium glutamate). Miso is soup made from fermented soybeans. Dried pickled apricots are eaten frequently and sweet potatoes are used in making confectionery and cakes.
Lunch boxes - bento - are popular and contain a variety of foods including rice and pickles. Western fast foods such as burgers and pizza are also popular, especially with young people.
Japan is famous for sake (rice wine). Beer is also produced but green tea is usually served with food.