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ICC urged to do more for promoting cricket in UAE


While the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities are doing their utmost to promote all sporting activity in the country — and this includes cricket too — the International Cricket Council (ICC) that has its headquarters here should do more to promote cricket through high-profile and well-placed Emirati clubs here.

This was an overwhelming sentiment in response to Khaleej Times report highlighting the need for the ICC to provide some incentives to promote cricket here, even as it is essentially a regulatory body.

Chief Executive ICC Malcolm Speed and his officials could have reached out to local clubs and offered local boys some incentives to uplift standard of cricket in the country, respondents felt, while admitting there are other agencies to take care as well.

The ICC has been headquartered here for the past two years and this has been a long-enough period for them to encourage and develop cricket in a country they chose to move to after many years of having its base in London.

It would have been a good gesture, for game’s sake, if the ICC officials contributed towards development of the game in a city where cricket is very popular. That would have added to their prestige too.

Cricket fans noted the ICC has chosen to be based in a city where 60 per cent of people know cricket. Emaratis are familiar with game since Britishers ruled here for a long period.

Khaleej Times contacted some cricketing personalities on development and direction of cricket here. An ICC official declined to comment. On development of cricket in the UAE he said: “Ask ECB (Emirates Cricket Board).”

ECB chief selector Abdul Razzaq Kazim, said: “The ICC can’t do anything directly to develop the game in the UAE. First of all, they are here for economic reasons.”

“The ECB has done nothing to secure a ground for players in Dubai. If the ECB is serious, it can buy land where three or four grounds can be developed for youth to carry on activities.”

Tariq Butt, one of the senior most umpires in the UAE, said: “This is a wake-up call to find a solution to the problem.”

Source:The News

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