Venkatesh Prasad, running in as hard as ever

ACC Development Officer Venkatesh Prasad bowled the first ball at the new cricket ground in Doha, and said that it was “an excellent surface which will help in promoting cricket in Qatar.” A 10,000 seater stadium is planned at the site funded by the Qatar government and Qatar Olympic Committee, with the turf facility provided by the ACC.

Qatar has been one of those countries which have been held back by the lack of adequate turf facilities. After a series of false starts, it looks like the new facility in the Industrial Area (a gift to the Qatar Cricket Association from the Emir of Qatar) will be ready in 2012. “Cricket in Qatar will definitely get a boost when the ground becomes functional,” says Malik Nazar Mohammad of the QCA.

Qatar’s Tamoor Sajjad and a brave cameraman out in the middle

Qatar Cricket Association are acting as consultants to the project which on completion, will be managed by the Qatar Olympic Committee. It is intended for the ground to have an international standard stadium and the Qatar Cricket Association hope to host international cricket matches there.

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Filed January 17th, 2011