Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai has given the go ahead for the formation of the first national cricket board for Afghanistan. Cricket had previously fallen under the remit of Afghanistan's National Olympic Committee, which had received criticism for the lack of funding it gave the sport.
Division Three of the Americas Championship will be held at Craighouse School in Santiago, Chile in October.
These three teams played each other in Bonn last month. It was a series of friendlies rather than an official tournament, though if it had been, all teams would have been claiming the win. Belgium, assisted by former Zimbabwean Test player Brighton Watambwa, beat Germany by 1 wicket on the opening day, lost a narrow match to France on the third day, and beat France by 16 runs in a Twenty20 match on the final day.
France played twice against Germany, losing by 106 runs on the second day, and winning by twenty runs in the final day's Twenty20 match. It had been hoped to also have a Belgium v Germany Twenty20 match on the final day, but bad light put paid to that.
Canada will be touring Europe for four ODIs and two Intercontinental Cup games next month. The schedule is as follows:
2-5 July: Intercontinental Cup v Scotland
7 July: 1st ODI v Scotland
8 July: 2nd ODI v Scotland
11 July: 1st ODI v Netherlands
12 July: 2nd ODI v Netherlands
15-18 July: Intercontinental Cup v Netherlands
CricketEurope hopes to have full fixtures for the 2009 matches in the 2009/10 Intercontinental Cup in due course.
China Women to tour Malaysia
As both teams look to prepare for the ACC Women's Twenty20 Cup next month, China are set to visit Malaysia to play three matches against their national side at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur
Raju Basnet, who played 11 times for Nepal between 2004 and 2006, has retired from international cricket.
Jack Hersh, who played for Spain Under-15s in the European Under-15 Division Two championship in 2007 aged just twelve, has been selected to play for Middlesex in the Under-14 County Championship. Hersh was born in Lancashire but moved to Spain with his family. He is attending school in England, and remains eligible for Spain.
UAE international Saqib Ali has been given a ban from the game, of a duration yet to be determined. Saqib was angry after a team mates appeal for a catch behind was turned down and picked up a bail and hurled it at the square leg umpire. He missed and had to be restrained by his team mates. Saqib has played two ODIs, 20 other List A games and ten Intercontinental Cup games for the UAE, and previously played three times for Pakistan Under-19s.
In brighter news for the UAE, it appears that Pakistan's allocation of matches in the 2011 World Cup could be shared between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. A final decision is to be made later this month. Other associates to have hosted World Cup matches are Ireland, Netherlands and Scotland who hosted one match each in 1999, and Kenya, who hosted one match in 2003.