Dubai Sports City Announce Cricket Advisory Board

Published June 2nd, 2009 - 02:24 GMT

Dubai Sports City Announce Cricket Advisory Board

Panel to Provide High-Level Oversight of all Cricket Related Activity

Ehsan Mani, Malcolm Gray, Lord Paul Condon, and Clive Lloyd to Provide Counsel and Advice

Dubai Sports City is pleased to announce the formation of a Cricket Advisory Board of eminent persons to oversee all cricket activity, and assist in promoting the venue around the world.

The four-man panel will be chaired by former ICC President, Ehsan Mani. The other members are the former ICC President Malcolm Gray, the Chairman of the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit, Lord Paul Condon, and former West Indies captain and ICC Cricket Committee Chairman, Clive Lloyd. Dubai Sports City CEO U. Balasubramaniam will join the board as a co-opted member. The board secretary will be the Dubai Sports City General Manager - Sports Business, Maqbul Dudhia.

The Dubai Sports City Cricket Advisory Board will provide advice and counsel to the management of Dubai Sports City on all matters pertaining to cricket at Dubai Sports City, including matches at the new 25,000 capacity Dubai International Cricket Stadium, and the ICC Global Cricket Academy.

“We are honoured that such an eminent group have accepted our invitation to become the first members of the Dubai Sports City Cricket Advisory Board,” said Khalid Al Zarooni, President, Dubai Sports City. “The board members bring a wealth of experience which will provide invaluable insight and guidance to the management team, and help establish Dubai Sports City – the home of the ICC global headquarters – as a prime location for international cricket events and training.”

The role of the Dubai Sports City Cricket Advisory Board will include high-level oversight of all governance, practices and processes. It will also be asked to make recommendations that assist in bringing international cricket to Dubai Sports City, and to work closely with the Emirates Cricket Board to ensure that the UAE is well positioned to attract tournaments to the country.

Ehsan Mani, the Chairman of the board said: “I am delighted to be asked to chair the Cricket Advisory Board at Dubai Sports City. It is a unique concept to bring together an international panel that will bring independent governance through their wide-ranging expertise and experience in the game. The combination of the panel, the outstanding facilities at Dubai Sports City, and Dubai as a destination, positions the UAE as a strategic location for international cricket.”

Panel member Clive Lloyd said: “I have been closely involved with Dubai Sports City from its inception, and have been impressed with the level of professionalism. I am looking forward to playing a part in seeing more international cricket played in the UAE, and offering any advice I can to ensure matches at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, one of the best cricket grounds in the world, becomes a regular fixture on the cricket calendar.”

Speaking on his appointment, Lord Paul Condon said: “It is reassuring that Dubai Sports City is taking such a positive step to bring in independent governance. Dubai Sports City is perfectly positioned as a neutral venue, with all the necessary infrastructure in place to host international matches. The ICC Global Cricket Academy and the Dubai International Cricket Stadium are modern, world-class facilities.”

“I know Australia had a very good experience at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, and this venue, combined with the ICC Global Cricket Academy, will benefit all 104 members of the ICC,” said Malcolm Gray. “Dubai Sports City’s commitment to the game is to be commended, and I look forward to supporting the management team.”

The Dubai International Cricket Stadium hosted its first tournament earlier this year when Pakistan and Australia played a one-day international series and one-off Twenty20 match in the UAE. Officials and supporters of both sides praised the modern, integrated facilities, which presented a successful tournament.

“The recent series between Pakistan and Australia proved that Dubai Sports City is an ideal venue for international cricket,” said U. Balasubramaniam, CEO, Dubai Sports City. “With more than three million cricket-loving fans in the UAE – and over 60,000 supporters experiencing our first three games – there is clearly a huge demand to see international cricket being played here in Dubai. The Dubai Sports City Cricket Advisory Board will help move us to a new level on the international cricket scene.”

The ICC Global Cricket Academy will provide an opportunity to players, coaches, umpires, curators and administrators from across the ICC’s Member Countries to benefit from programs and courses when it opens later this year.

The facility comprises an indoor training arena with seven indoor practice pitches, an indoor practice fielding facility, 38 outdoor practice pitches (28 turf practice wickets and 10 artificial practice wickets), classrooms, meeting rooms, two cricket ovals, swimming pool and other leisure facilities.

“We have received unrivalled support from the international cricket community since we started out,” said Maqbul Dudhia, General Manager, Sports Business, Dubai Sports City. “The highly-respected members of the Dubai Sports City Cricket Advisory Board will play a leading role in developing our vision to become a global centre for the cricket community.”

The ICC President David Morgan, said: “The creation of the Dubai Sports City Cricket Advisory Board as an independent panel is a great concept, with members who are highly-regarded. The ICC has its global headquarters at Dubai Sports City, the cricket facilities there are world-class, and it is inevitable that those world-class facilities will attract more top-class cricket in the future.”

The Dubai International Cricket Stadium is the first of four stadiums to be completed, with a 60,000 capacity multi-purpose stadium for football, track and field, and rugby; a field Hockey Stadium capable of holding up to 5,000 spectators, and an indoor arena that will house 10,000 supporters for a wide range of sports including basketball, indoor hockey, volleyball, handball, netball and ice hockey.

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