After some years of planning, false starts and overweening ambition, the Oman Cricket Board finally look to be on the verge of securing their own turfed training facility, with room for nets and a small ground on a 5000 sq.metre-sized site at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat.

Aerial view of proposed site

“It’s a very important step for Oman cricket,” says ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura of the proposed Omani Riyal 132,790 (approx. US$355,000) project. “It is just the planning stage now, a lot of work needs to be done and funds need to be secured from local sponsors as well as approval from the ACC for ACC funding, but their own ground is very much needed if Oman cricket is to progress,” added the ACC Development Manager.

Without turf to call their own, in competition against other countries more familiar with turf, Oman typically take much of the length of those tournaments (eg ICC World Cup Qualifier 2009) to acclimatise, coming good towards the end of the events, by which time it’s invariably too late. The country’s talented cricketers can only benefit from a new turf facility and the Oman Cricket Board hope to be working closely with the country’s Ministry of Sports Affairs on the project.

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Filed August 3rd, 2010