Oman's women cricketers, one of the most enthusiastic from the Gulf region at one stage, who haven't been competing internationally since the ACC Women’s Twenty20 in 2011 are setting themselves up for another run. "I want this to be a 'top four' squad," says Oman Cricket's Lady Co-ordinator Level II coach Vasihali Jesrani, "one that finishes in the top four of every ACC event."

“My players are of two kinds,” affirms Vaishali, “they either have cricket in the genes or they are seriously, seriously motivated in playing cricket because of watching the IPL.” With co-Level II coach Sajith Kumar, the girls are being drilled in “proper skills, techniques and fitness.” The girls themselves are young, with Oman Cricket trying to particularly reach out to the U-13s and U-11s in a bid to create a core of domestic cricket activity. At present 22-23 girls are regulars at the thrice-weekly evening sessions at the Bowsher Olympic Centre in Muscat, where they practice in the nets and on turf.

“It’ll take a couple more years of regular cricket and matches before we have a really strong side but the encouraging thing is that more schools are likely to play in the local U-19 tournament next year and if we can get one or two of the colleges I’ve approached already to take part, we’ll have a good program developing,” says Oman’s former women’s team captain.

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Filed May 27th, 2014