The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), will be holding a Twenty20 tournament for women in the UAE in February. Matches will be played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

"Our objective in organising this tournament is to attract more women into the game. Schools, colleges, cricket academies and even institutions can participate in this tournament," says Mazhar Khan, ECB Administrator. "If the game has to get popular among the women it is very important that we create opportunities at the grass root level. They need a platform to display their skills and through this interesting form of the game, we could achieve our objective," added Mr. Khan.

UAE’s women’s team, July 2007

"This Twenty20 tournament is part of ECB's development programme. We know these are early days, but there is no dearth of enthusiasm for the game among the girls in the UAE. What they need is a healthy competition."

The UAE were the first Gulf country to play international cricket, sending a team to the 2007 ACC Women’s Tournament in Malaysia. "We are also working out on organizing special coaching clinics for the girls. The first step, however, is to encourage the girls to come to the ground. This tournament will help create the right atmosphere for women's cricket to flourish in the UAE," said Mr. Khan.

Filed January 02 2008