As sporting activities in other countries successfully launched in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Oman Cricket (OC) hints its return as news of the resumption of sports in the country has circulated. Although there is no set date yet for the actual resumption, Oman’s cricketing governing body has opened up registration for the 2020-21 season.
The governing bod has invited teams in the Sultanate to register for the new season which is likely to start in September, but no official date is able to be announced with OC waiting for official government approval. Cricket in Oman was halted in March after all cricket-related activity was stopped due to the effects of the ongoing pandemic.
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“The teams must complete the registration process by logging in to our website, www.omancricket.og as there will be no extension in the entry deadlines. Team groupings for all the divisions will be finalised after the deadlines and announced during the captains and managers meetings,” Chief Administration Officer of Oman Cricket, Iqbal Ariwala told a news portal in the country.
The deadline to register online for the Senior League including payment of fees is August 23, while registration for the women’s teams as well as all the Junior League sides, including under-19, under-16 and under-13 teams, will open on August 16. Oman, like India, has a passion for cricket. The country has also produced some of the big names in the game including Aqib Illyas and Zeeshan Maqsood
With the postponement of the ICC T20 World Cup, the OC and its players can focus on the preparations and planning for the domestic leagues. There is no official announcement if whether the games will be played behind closed doors due to measures in combatting the spread of the virus. At the time of writing, Oman has reports nearly 82,000 cases of the virus with 521 deaths.
Meanwhile, Indian Premier League (IPL) has confirmed a final date as announced by the governing body, with the T20 tournament to be held in the UAE from September 19 to November 10. The 53-day event, the longest ever IPL, will see matches played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. IPL also benefited from the postponement of ICC’s tournament as it found a window to stage the cash-rich event.
On the other hand, the ICC Women’s ODI World Cup, due to take place in New Zealand from February to March, has been postponed as announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) body. The Women’s tournament became the second global cricketing event to be deferred in the last two months. Last month, the ICC confirmed the Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia has been postponed.
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