The Kuwait Cricket Association (KCA) have started work on their fourth fully-turfed ground. The land is at Sulaibiya in the suburbs of Kuwait City and is expected to be operational by May 2008. Sodding has started and the wicket-block is almost complete. The outfield will be grassed during the course of March.

The KCA's Asad Baig says, "The challenges in this part of the world, as everyone knows, are enormous. The Sulaibiya ground was started in the middle of the Kuwaiti winter with close to freezing temperatures overnight and hot sun during the day. We have ensured that the ground will have a good water supply as well as excellent drainage." The wicket-soil has been brought into Kuwait from Nandipur, near Gujranwala, in Pakistan and is the same soil already used at Kuwait's Ahmadi and KEC grounds as well as in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Qatar.

A fifth turf ground, in Salmiya, is also in the pipeline and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Filed March 12 2008