SAUDIS TICKING ALONG

Cricket in Medina

ACC Development Officer for Saudi Arabia Iqbal Sikander has returned from a visit to the Kingdom and reports on steady progress being made there. “A new academy has been developed in Jeddah where a number of clubs practice regularly. It has two cement pitches and a fully grassed outfield.”

Two grounds in Medina have laid cement pitches this year and up until the summer hiatus were regularly being used. Junior cricket is the focus of the development work across the different regions of Saudi Arabia and during his visit Iqbal conducted a Level I coaching course in Jeddah. 30 teachers from schools in Jeddah and Dammam took part. US$ 8,800 worth of equipment purchased from the funds allocated to Saudi Arabia (as with all other member countries) was distributed to the country’s associations during Iqbal’s visit.

U-19 Trials at Jeddah. Saudi Arabia won this year’s ACC U-19 Challenge

Saudi Arabia now has 38 grounds across the country, with three academies, in Jeddah and Yanbu. There are plans to add to those.

Related:
Saudis Through in Yanbu
Saudi Arabia Cricket Profile

Filed August 19th, 2011