Win boosts interest in Qatar
The Asian Cricket Council reports that Qatar’s win in the Under-15 Challenge Cup in December has led to a boom in interest in cricket. Qatar’s prime minister was quoted as saying that the government is actively promoting sports activities in the country and promised to provide a cricket ground with facilities to the Qatar Cricket Association.
"Work on the cricket stadium will begin soon,” the secretary general of the Qatar Olympic Council said. “It’s the dream of the Emir of Qatar to provide recreational facilities for all communities based here in Qatar. As cricket is loved by Asians, it is one way of returning back the services rendered by the Asian countries in developing Qatar.”
Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa