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Oman Cricket League 'likely' from February.

MUSCAT: The Oman Cricket League is likely to be held in February 2012 instead of January 2012 according to a top Oman Cricket (OC) official.

Speaking to Times Sport on the sidelines of opening a new Cricket Academy at the KGK Farm in Barka, Madhu Jesrani, OC general secretary stated that the delay comes due a 'technical hitch' on the new four grounds in Amerat that were identified to play the new season.

With two of the four Oman Automobile Club (OAC) grounds where the matches were held previously, already taken over for new housing projects, OC had identified four grounds in Amerat.

"But there is a small technical problem. We are trying our best to work things out," Madhu said.

However, the League could further delay if the glitch continues. "We hope it won't delay further," Madhu said. OC had earlier lost their third ground (OAC III) after it received a notice from the concerned authorities in not to host the matches from November this year.

Besides the OAC III ground, domestic league matches are played at the university and PDO grounds, with the latter venue also earmarked to be taken over by PDO as part of its expansion plans.

"We are very much concerned about the League and we are doing everything from our side to start it from February 2012,"

added Madhu.

Meanwhile, the upcoming grass facility in Amerat is under progress and according to OC board member Pankaj Khimji, the governing body is spending a budget of RO160, 000 for the project.

"We are expecting it to start in June 2012. Work is under progress and we are glad to have reached a good level," he said.

Mohammed Irshad, the chief curator who was flown in from Sharjah, is instrumental in preparing a green-turf facility at the KGK Farm has once again entrusted to help OC in developing a grass wicket in Amerat.

"We are fortunate enough to have his services. He has done a magnificent job in Barkha and I am sure he will develop a great wicket in Amerat as well," Pankaj hoped.

"We are grateful to OC for their support in helping us set up this facility here in Barka and it shows the interest in OC chairman Kanak Khimji to further improve the standards of the game in the country," he added.

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