Qatar's win in the ACC U-15 Challenge Cup in December has led to an upsurge of cricket activity in the country. A delegation from the Qatar Cricket Association (QCA), headed by Vice-Chairman Fahad H Alfardan, has recently met with Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jaber Althani who is also the Chairman of Qatar Cricket Association.

Qatar’s U-15 cricketers celebrate victory in Bangkok,
ACC U-15 Challenge, December 2007

High on the agenda was the construction of a new ground for the QCA. The West Bay ground is to be re-assigned by the government,  this being the last season that QCA league matches will be conducted at the venue.

The delegation updated the prime minister on the progress of cricket activities in Qatar.  "The issue of having a cricket ground with turf wicket, grass outfield and facilities, was discussed at the meeting," said QCA President M. A. Shahid.

The Prime Minister was reported to have said that the government is actively promoting sports activities in the country and promised to provide a cricket ground with facilities to the Qatar Cricket Association.

The Qatar Olympic Council (QOC) is also keen to support cricket and has pledged to build a ground in the industrial area on the outskirts of Doha. "Work on the cricket stadium will begin soon. It is the dream of the Emir of Qatar to provide recreational facilities for all communities based here in Qatar. As cricket is loved by Asians, it is one way of returning back the services rendered by the Asian countries in developing Qatar," said QOC Secretary-General Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.

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Filed February 05 2008