Oman Cricket is blooming in the desert

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Amerat is one of the newest of Oman’s many residential developments, representing Muscat’s ambitious plans of expansion past its conventional borders. It is also the Oman cricket team’s training base.

Oman’s national cricket team now plays on some of the finest pitches in the Sultanate. With the country hoping to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup in the future, the nation’s cricket facilities have been given a major boost, in a move that is sure to meet the approval of the players. The pitches were commissioned by Pankaj Khimji, director on the Board of Oman Cricket.

“Our Amerat facility is par excellence, and are just as good as anything else I have seen in the world,” said Pankaj, speaking to Times of Oman. “Recently, we had the Lancashire and Nottinghamshire county teams spend their pre-season training here, and they were flabbergasted by what they saw. Once we have our indoor facilities and other amenities ready, there is no reason as to why we should not have more teams playing here.

“The whole journey started around five years ago, and I promise you, it was not easy,” he added