Al A’mirat, A celebration was made today at the wilayat of Al A’mirat to mark the opening of Oman Cricket Academy under the auspices of Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al- Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture in the presence of Sheikh Sa’ad bin Mohammed Al Mardhouf al- Saadi, Minister of Sports Affairs and David Michael Richards Chief Executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
At the beginning of the event, Pankaj Khimji, Senior Board Member, Oman Cricket delivered a speech where he pointed out that Oman Cricket Club was proclaimed in 2006. He noted that the game has witnessed impressive development and now ranks 60th by the countries practicing it.
He added the existing strategy of the Cricket Club focuses on raising student awareness of cricket and raising their technical skills. The first stage will target 300 male and female students at 9 schools.
On his part, David Michael Richards, ICC Chief Executive delivered a speech where he thanked the Sultanate for its interest in cricket and praised the efforts made by Oman Cricket Club. He also commended the remarkable development of cricket in the Sultanate.
The chief guest then removed the plaque for the academy building and toured the building. He also met with the male and female members of the national cricket teams during their training. He also toured the courses surrounding the building.
Sheikh Sa’ad bin Mohammed Al Mardhouf al- Saadi, Minister of Sports Affairs said that the opening of Oman Cricket Academy compliments the training services system. He added that the academy is a valuable addition and will play a role in preparing generations of talented cricket sportsmen and an important step to form national teams at different age categories.
Source: Oman News Agency