The Emirates Cricket Board will be hosting Asian Cricket Council’s Under-16 Western Region tournament from 7th January, 2018 to 12th January, 2018 in the UAE.

A total of six teams - Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Oman, Bahrain and hosts UAE - will participate in the tournament and all the matches will be played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and Ajman’s Eden Garden.

The tournament is designed as an effort to grow cricket within the emerging nations by not only giving them opportunities but also preparing them to take on top teams in bigger tournaments.

The pathway mapped by ACC has seen many success stories including the wonderful example of Afghanistan. Their team has made strong use of such tournaments to brace themselves for bigger tournaments. Today they are a proud nation and are on the threshold of playing their first Test match against India in 2019-2020.

Zayed Abbas, member of Emirates Cricket board, said: "We are thankful to Asian Cricket Council for giving us an opportunity to host ACC Under-16 tournament.

“I’m confident that such events will go a long way in junior development of the game and help the youngsters grow in confidence. Such tournaments play a very important role in shaping the cricketing career of these kids,” he added.

ACC recently hosted the Under-16 Easter Region Tournament in Thailand in which eight countries participated. The tournament saw Nepal emerge as champions.

Filed January 6th, 2018