Yanbu on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia is hosting its second ‘100% Saudi Kids Cricket Tournament’ at the end of March. Yanbu Al Sinaiyah Cricket Association is hosting the 10-team tournament with the support of the Saudi Cricket Centre, for whom Chief Executive Officer Nadeem Nadwi says the event fits in with “our common objectives, the promotion of the game of cricket among the locals.” Locals in this case meaning Arab Saudis.

The children who will be playing cricket for the first time will be given training at the Yanbu Industrial Cricket Ground and from Jeddah the Saudi Cricket Centre is sending bats, balls, T-shirts, caps, medals and trophies along with 100 copies of their Arabic translation of the International Cricket Council’s ‘What is Cricket?’. The ground at Yanbu is a new development, and was opened by ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura on his visit to Saudi Arabia last year, to mark 30 years of Yanbu cricket.

“This tournament will go a long way in developing cricket among local Saudis,” says ACC Development Officer for Saudi Arabia Iqbal Sikander, “getting Arabs playing means that in years to come there will be more competition for places in the national team and once the selection and talent pool widens and domestic cricket is more competitive, Saudi Cricket will be able to achieve even better results in the future.”

Development Starts
Saudi Cricket Profile
Cricket v Football, Yanbu Al-Sinaya Cricket Association (Arabic voice-over)

Filed March 23rd, 2011