LONDON: The chairman of Saudi Arabia’s cricket federation recently visited the headquarters of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Dubai.
Prince Saud bin Mishal held a meeting with officials at the governing body of world cricket.
The prince also took a tour of the Sharjah Cricket Stadium with the management of Sharjah Cricket Council during his visit.
His meeting in the UAE came after he hosted India’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Dr. Ausaf Sayeed in Riyadh, to discuss the future of cricket in the Kingdom and how the two countries can cooperate to grow the sport in Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Arabian Cricket Federation (SACF), established in 2020, has lined up a series of major programs focused on promoting the game among Saudis and expatriates.
The federation has signed several deals and MoUs with governmental, semi-governmental, and non-governmental entities setting out plans to raise awareness of the game, increase cricket facilities nationwide, and introduce the sport to Saudi youth through school programs.
Diplomats and officials from cricket-playing countries expressed their delight earlier this year at the new programs being carried out by SACF.
Part of the measures include Saudi Arabia’s national cricket team playing a friendly match against the Pakistan cricket franchise Peshawar Zalmi.
Arab News was selected by SACF to be the national team’s official media partner, which will see more coverage for cricket events locally and internationally in a bid to promote sport, activity and healthy living among the Kingdom’s citizens and expat communities.