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KCL AGM held on March 4th, Sunday, in Tokyo
 
 
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Minutes of AGM
 
The First Annual General Meeting of the KCL reformed in 2006 was held on Sunday 4th March 2007 at the Nawab Restaurant in Shinkawa, Tokyo.
 
Those present:
 
Tony Fordyce (YCAC)
Robert-Gilles Martineau (Shizuoka)
Matthew Sharp (Shizuoka)
Bobby Philips (IECC)
Biju Paul (IECC)
Mumtaz Alam (Tokyo Giants), with proxy from Al Karam)
Shabeer (Friends XI)
Mayank and ? (Tokyo Bay)
Zahir (Gunma)
 
The following matters were raised and discussed (not necessarily in this order) and all decisions were taken unanimously:
 
1. Committee
It was agreed that it was the intention at the founding of the KCL that the first committee would serve until the end of the 2007 season, and this decision was confirmed (subject to the availability of all current committee members – those not in attendance to please confirm their continuing availability). Elections for the next committee will take place at the 2008 AGM, with members serving for a period of 2 years.

2. 2006 KCL
It was agreed that since the final of the 2006 competition could not be played, due to 2 rain cancellations and other delays, Friends XI and Tokyo Giants would be declared joint winners.

3. Teams for 2007 competition
 a) Teams will be the same as for 2006, except that Shizuoka will not enter a 2nd XI and that we will invite entries from all other teams in the region. Replies will be requested by 20th March.
 b) There will be no visa requirements (but this may be reviewed in future in case of any problems).
 c) The KCL will do its best, but without guarantee, to assist new teams which also have commitments to other leagues, by reducing scheduling clashes as far as possible.
 
4. Competition format
a) The present intention is for this – like for the 2006 season – to be a 2 group competition, consisting of Group A and Group B. The tentative allocation of teams is as follows:
Group A
Giants
IECC 
Nagoya
Shizuoka
YCAC
 
Group B
Al Karam
Dragons
Friends XI
Gunma
Myoden
Tokyo Bay 
b) The first additional team to join will be allocated to Group A, and any additional teams to Groups B and A by decision of the Committee.
c) There will then be semi-finals between the team finishing first in Group A and the team finishing 2nd in Group B and the team finishing first in Group B and the team finishing 2nd in Group A, with the winners playing the final.
d) If there are 14 teams or more for 2007, then the competition will consist of a Division 1 and Division 2 (with the teams in the 8 leading positions in their Groups for the 2006 season form Division 1 and remaining teams forming Division 2). The exact numbers are to be determined later.
e) In any case, the KCL will consist of Divisions 1 and 2 from the 2008 season onwards, with the 8 teams finishing in the highest positions in 2007 forming Division 1, as mentioned above.
f) The schedule for 2007 will tentatively commence on 8th April. YCAC are to advise when their ground will be available for this season, so that their fixtures can be incorporated.
 
5. Additional competitions
The KCL will invite entries from all teams in Japan to a nationwide Knockout Cricket Cup (name to be decided). The format will be Twenty20, with games organised firstly on a regional and later on a national basis. 2 games (involving a total of 4 teams) will be played at each venue, and further details will be agreed later. An entry fee of Y10,000 per team was suggested and prizes will be awarded both for team and individual performances. Entries to be advised by the end of March. Teams entering should be existing teams (in other words, players cannot make up special teams for this event).

6. Contributions
a) The team contribution for season 2006 has been fixed at Yen 10,000 per team. Teams which have not yet paid for balls to do so directly with Robert and/or Mumtaz.
b) Contributions for season 2007 have been fixed at Yen 25,000 per team. This includes the cost of balls and ground rental fees (but not for the use of Flicx pitches – see further later).

7. Bank Account
Mumtaz to open a bank account for the KCL by the end of March.

8. Flicx Pitches
a) After lengthy discussion, it was agreed that the KCL should order 2 new 22 metre Flicx pitches, since the existing pitches were becoming old and also to eliminate dependency upon the JCA. Tony offered to purchase these on behalf of the KCL, provided he is repaid the cost over a period of time. Exact details to be agreed.
b) Mumtaz advised that it will be no problem to arrange storage and internal transportation of the pitches.
c) Mumtaz reported that a special cricket match will be played later this year between Pakistani and Indian teams, with the attendance of the Pakistani Ambassador, the head of the Pakistani Association (??) in Japan and representatives of other organisations. He hopes to be able to obtain some sponsorship from some of these organisations, which may possibly be used towards the cost of the pitches.
d) Robert reported that Shizuoka Kytes are in discussions with Shizuoka city officials in an effort to get them to install a concrete pitch and covering playing surface (at city expense). He will report further about this later.
9. Registration
Bobby raised the question of registering the KCL as an NPO (Non Profit Organisation). Tony replied that this had been discussed before and that we had asked Mark Ferris (who had been involved in registering the Tyler Foundation as an NPO) about it. Mark had replied that he thought it a very complicated operation and not to be recommended. In addition, we do not pay tax, so there would be little benefit. Robert advised that they had registered the Shizuoka Kytes as a Sports Body, and it was decided that we should investigate if we could do something similar with the KCL (Question: who is going to do this??).

10. Umpires/scoring
a) Robert advised that Anton McCloy has very kindly offered his services as umpire for KCL games this season. This will greatly assist, as he is a qualified umpire who has officiated in ICC tournaments, and will reduce the costs of providing umpires in Shizuoka.
b) It was agreed that we should ask Anton if he could organise an umpiring seminar, as he has previously done for the old KCL.
c) Sharpy mentioned that it was very important that when teams sent umpires to matches, they should be people who are familiar with the laws of cricket and have umpiring experience. It was agreed that this is very important. They should also NOT use mobile phones while on the field.
d) It was further agreed, at Robert’s suggestion, that there should be a basic dress code for umpires: shoes (not sandals), black trousers and white shirt.
e) Mumtaz requested (and it was agreed) that, as far as possible, games between 2 Pakistani teams should be umpired by non-Pakistani umpires.
f) After the success of using non-KCL umpires for the semi-finals last year, we should also explore the possibility of having non-KCL volunteer umpires for matches this season.
11. JCA
a) Mumtaz reported that the JCA had asked him to be coach for the Japan University’s team. He has not yet officially replied to them.
b) Biju reported that the JCA had asked IECC if they can use their kid’s coaching system as a JCA system.
c) Robert reported that the JCA had asked if they could use his Shizuoka school’s coaching as a JCA scheme.
d) The meeting agreed that the JCA was continuously trying to take advantage of the KCL, its members and its initiatives for its own purposes, without offering anything in return. Therefore we would reply to the JCA that we could accept their proposals (although Mumtaz would ask to have several other assistant coaches), provided the JCA gives the KCL the use of the main (old) Fuji pitch for 6 Sundays between May 1st and October 31st 2007 (including the use of the nets).
12. Tony mentioned that David Todd had been elected as captain of YCAC for 2007.

Finally, many thanks are due to Shabeer for his permission for us to use Nawab Restaurant for the AGM and for very kindly providing an excellent lunch and drinks.

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Chairman: Tony Fordyce 
Communictaion & Discipline: Bobby Philips & Sachin Chowdhery 
Treasurer: Syed Aamir Ali (backing Mumtaz Alam) 
Scheduler & Umpiring: Robert-Gilles Martineau (backing Mohammed Saqib Khan) 
Equipment & Pitch: (Mumtaz Alam (backing Syed Aamir Ali) 
 

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