Big country, many cricketers, five associations: that's Saudi Arabian cricket. With that, there is a new feeling in the country to really develop cricket. "Saudi Arabia's cricketers have never had the chance to unite because the regional centres are so far apart. Now with the focus being to develop the regions themselves, cricketers can rely on an upgrade in facilities and fixtures," says ACC Development Officer for Saudi Arabia Iqbal Sikander.

At the recent Saudi Cricket Centre (SCC) Annual General Meeting Chief Executive Officer Nadeem Nadwi welcomed all the delegates on behalf of SCC’s Chairperson & Parton-in-Chief HRH Princess Ghada Bint Hamound Bin Abdulaziz and HRH Prince Dr. Faisal Bin Muhammad Bin Saud Bin Abdulaziz. He emphasized the “importance and extreme necessity to encourage and involve the Saudi nationals in cricket. A recent All Saudi Cricket Tournament featuring six teams of Saudi players from Yanbu Industrial College was successfully completed.

SCC CEO Nadeem Nadwi

Riyadh Cricket Association marked the occasion as hosts by celebrating their 30th anniversary. Five new committees have been formed, with members in each committee from all regional cricket associations for leadership, development, selection, coaching and umpiring. A long-term plan for youth cricket is to be implemented in the kingdom. A new Saudi Cricket Centre website has also been launched.

Following the meeting Mr. Nadwi is to have meetings in Melbourne to explore opportunities with Cricket Australia to help improve the cricket in Saudi Arabia.

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Filed May 21, 2009