Iran January 31, 2006

Not quite grass roots

Although Iran might not be flavour of the month as far as the George Bush is concerned, it is making progress with developing cricket



Three female Level One qualified umpires in Iran © ACC
Although Iran might not be flavour of the month as far as the George Bush is concerned, it is making progress with developing cricket. The Asian Cricket Council reports that the game is beginning to attract support.

It’s hard to call it ‘grass-roots’ cricket in Chabahar where on the two grounds granted by the government exclusively for cricket, grass has yet to be planted, but in Tehran at least, there are turf grounds, if not turf wickets.

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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