The turf at the new Academy

17 candidates, including national men’s captain Hemal Mehta and women’s captain Vaishaly Jesrani took part in a Level I ACC Coaching course in Oman this month. They are part of a wave of new coaches who will be spreading cricket in schools and colleges in the country. And in a significant advance for the game in Oman, a new academy with the nation’s first ever turf wicket is finally ready.

“The ground isn’t big, and you can really only practise on it but it’s a very important step,” says ACC Development Officer for Oman Iqbal Sikander. “Too many times Oman have gone abroad to play tournaments and taken a number of matches to adjust to turf because they have had none of it at home. Whenever they’ve played against high-level teams by the time they adjust it is too late,” he says.

The new facility at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat has taken a while to develop, nevertheless it is now here to stay. “I think we will definitely see a stronger Oman now, especially as they also have a new coach in Roy Dias,” says Iqbal.

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Filed September 19th, 2011