Middle East Becoming Central To Expansion

The latest sign that cricket is flourishing in previously uncharted cricketing territory comes with news of the ACC Middle East Cup for emerging Middle East nations such as Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and, Kuwait from October 2 - 8, 2004.

The ACC is providing US$80,000 to fund the tournament, and many local sponsors are supporting the event too. Six teams (Kuwait are providing ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams) will participate in two groups of three in a fifty-over format. The matches will be staged at three grounds in Kuwait.

Cricket in the region has come on strongly in recent years as evidenced by the performance of Oman, Qatar and the UAE at the ACC Trophy in Malaysia earlier this year, when all four semi-finalists were from the Gulf.

The Kuwait Cricket Association is emerging in its own right as a strong supporter of cricket, thanks to the dedicated work of a hard-working committee. This will be the second time Kuwait has hosted an international cricket tournament at senior level, the last being the ACC Gulf Cup in December 2003 in which Kuwait were the winners.

Filed September 23rd 2004