Oman is ready to make history by becoming the first Asian country to host cricket’s Twenty20 World Cup. Under his captaincy the Sultan of Oman, Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah Cricket Association will co-host the world tournament from 24 February to 3 April.
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“It is a tremendous opportunity for Oman and the people of Oman, to host a mega cricket event of this magnitude, and I urge the young people of Oman to take advantage of this once in a million opportunity,” the Sultan of Oman said. “There is no doubt that the major international matches played in this event will place Oman on the international cricket map, and it will also encourage a whole new group of people to get involved in the sport, which will, in turn, bring wonderful benefits to the country’s economy. I believe that the Sultanate of Oman has the potential to grow as a cricketing destination, as well as a cricketing country, and this ICC event is the perfect opportunity to do so.”
Oman will stage one of five Super 10 matches, featuring teams from the Caribbean, Sri Lanka, Scotland, United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan, in the QEII Stadium in Muscat on the first day.