The inauguration of the first turf ground, Al Emarat : making one giant step for the kind of cricket that’s going to be played in Oman

Oman has become the ninth Asian region nation to become International Cricket Council Associates and the 38th overall. Oman joins Afghanistan (2013), Hong Kong (1969), Kuwait (2005), Malaysia (1967), Nepal (1996), Singapore (1974), Thailand (2005) and UAE (1990) as current ICC Associates from the Asian region. In a message of congratulations to Oman Cricket Chairman Kanak Khimji ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said, "this is a notable achievement in the development of our Great Sport in your country, particularly when considering that Oman only became an Affiliate Member of the ICC in 2000."

The ICC make a pre-Associate inspection of Oman in March 2014

Oman's nomination for Associate status was proposed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and supported by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). “They have put into place all that’s necessary for Associate membership in the past few years: turf wickets, good governance, native cricketers in increasing numbers, competitive domestic cricket and sound performances on the field,” says ACC Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Huq who was in Oman to make an assessment of facilities in November 2013. “Every new Associate enjoys a boost from the additional funding (up to US$60,000 in 2014) that comes with Associate status. We can expect their standards of cricket to improve,” he adds. Oman have already been provided with US$3 million by the state to develop a new cricket facility.

Oman Cricket Profile
Oman Building Towards Associate Status

Filed July 8th, 2014