Riding a wave of success which had them win the ACC Twenty20 Cup and then top the table of World Cricket League Division 2 last year, Oman have announced plans to significantly develop cricket in the Sultanate.

Two international-standard grounds will be built at Al Emarat along with an academy. The project is expected to be completed by 2013 at an estimated cost of 2 million Oman rials (US $5.2 million).

Site for the new home of Omani cricket, Al Emarat

The Ministry of Sports Affairs donated the land at Al Emarat, outside of Muscat towards the UAE border, to the Oman Cricket Club in 2007.   “We are also planning to have facilties for other sports to attract and involve more number of people in cricket. That is our main objective,” says Oman Cricket Board Vice Chairman Maqbool Moosa Al Lawati.

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Filed July 16, 2008