Following the inauguration of the new seven-pitch Al Dhaid cricket complex in November last year, work has started on turfing one of the pitches with plans to convert at least three more. The first turf pitch, with a fully grassed outfield is expected to be ready by May 2007.

Five of the grounds (with artificial wickets) are played on now, with ten matches being hosted per week. Once the ground is fully functional, the Emirates cricket Board hope to host over 500 games a season at Al Dhaid.

The $3 million site is 45 kilometres away from Sharjah Airport and is set to serve the club cricketers of Al Ain, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah and Sharjah.

ACC Development Roger Binny inspected the picturesque site and new pavilion last week, reinforcing the views of Mazhar Khan, ECB Administrator, who says, “Al Dhaid could be as good as any ground in the region.”

Filed January 21 2007