Muscat: Oman’s cricket stadium in Amerat has received approval to hold the preliminary rounds of the Twenty20 World Cup, should the country be chosen as a venue for the upcoming tournament.
Set to be held this October and November, after it was postponed last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a decision on whether Oman, and its neighbour the United Arab Emirates, will hold the tournament is to be taken in the coming days.
“Through our high-level facilities and international stadiums, we have become the focus of the world’s attention,” said Pankaj Khimji, chairman, Oman Cricket Association. “We seek to make cricket a sport enjoyed by all Omani youth, which will help us achieve the goals for which the Oman Cricket Academy was set up.
“This most notably includes providing opportunities for cricket players to develop their skills and refine their talents, in addition to instilling the spirit of the game in every budding cricketer,” he added.
“We currently focus on group training, where we develop cricketers by working on different technical aspects of their game and testing their new skills against other cricketers.”
Groups are composed of cricketers of approximately the same age and ability level, with approximately 10 young athletes in each group.
The academy has prepared a school training programme to attract students from Wilayat Amerat to the game, as they will benefit most from professional and specialised training.
“We will strive to improve the level of school cricket, as well as provide cricketers with a positive learning experience, unlock and develop potential talents in schools, help cricketers with their game plans, and make sure they practice the basics, while establishing a good relationship with other trainers at the school to ensure continuous improvement.”
The Oman Cricket Academy also implements a special training programme as an important and crucial step in the development of all cricketers that involves tailoring each training session to meet the needs of individual players, since it is the best way to correct specific technical flaws and learn new skills during training sessions.