Winner of the ICC Development Award for Asian Region's Volunteer of the Year: Malik Nazar Mohammad
Winners, ACC U-15 Challenge Cup
Semi-Finalists, ACC U-17 Elite Cup
Semi-Finalists, ACC U-19 Elite Cup
Winner of the Regional Award for the Best Overall Cricket Development Programme under the Pepsi ICC Development Programme Annual Award
Fifth in ACC Rankings for 2007 and 2008 seasons
Personnel qualified from ACC Courses:
Coaches: Level I - 21; Level II – 3; Level III - 1
Umpires: Level I - 24; Level II - 9
Curators: Module III - 3
Qatar is one of those countries currently girding their loins in Asia as they seek to capitalise on the talent and resources they have available.
Qatar has one of the best young batsmen in the Middle East in eighteen year-old Tamoor Sajjad, Player of the Tournament in 2009's ACC U-17 Elite Cup. Upon one player a team cannot be built, however, so they invariably struggle in the critical stages of every tournament. Still, there is talent around Sajjad and Qatar are a dangerous side.
The lack of turf is a handicap for them as players currently practise almost exclusively on matting and cement wickets. An attempt was made recently to produce turf wickets on reclaimed land from the Doha Golf Club which hasn't yet proven successful.
Following the U-15 team's success in the ACC Challenge Cup at the end of 2007 the state took an interest in promoting cricket and negotiations are proceeding for major new cricket facilities development in the country. Qatar's Olympic Committee has allocated a ground to the QCA at the Industrial Area in Doha. This ground will eventually be grassed with proper seating and turf pitches.
Recently, the QCA has been in discussion with the petroleum corporations to make use of two grounds outside Doha. Both the grounds are fully grassed with concrete pitches. The QCA is now working on developing these grounds to have turf pitches by the start of the 2010-2011 season.
"Turf is something which is critical to progress for Qatar, as well as for the other countries in the region. You see the players struggle when they come to international tournaments and they are not able to do themselves justice," says Iqbal Sikander.
The women's team show enthusiasm and have played in two ACC tournaments.