Haitham opens Oman Cricket Academy to begin National Day celebrations

OC Inauguration


The month-long celebrations of Oman’s 48th National Day started with the inauguration of the state-of-the-art Oman Cricket Academy (OCA) by His Highness Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture, who was the chief guest of the star-studded ceremony that also saw the presence of Sayyid Khalid bin Hilal Al Busaidi, Minister of Diwan of Royal Court, the Guest of Honour, and Sheikh Saad bin Mohammed bin Said Al Mardhouf Al Saadi, Minister of Sports Affairs.

Prominent among international figures invited to grace the occasion was Dave Richardson, ICC Chief Executive Officer.

The ceremony was also attended by a number of ministers, high-ranking government officials, foreign diplomats, leading figures from the private sector, top management of Oman Cricket and members of cricket fraternity in the Sultanate.

Speaking at the inauguration, Pankaj Khimji, Senior Board Member of Oman Cricket, said, “In the year 2000, Oman became a member of the ICC. In 2006, we became an accredited member and a body under the Ministry of Sports in Oman. From playing on sandy terrain, concrete wickets, we have made considerable progress as you can see.”