The game of cricket started to play in Doha in 1977 in the car parking of Khalifa Stadium. That time only 8 teams were participating in the league tournament. In 1980 twelve major teams decided to form the Qatar Cricket Association under the Presidency of Mr. M.A. Shahid, and Late Mr. Saifuddin Khalid, as its General Secretary.
The Cricket popularity was increasing day by day and reached to its heights through the contribution of businessmen and business executives. The President and players decided to form the council under the umbrella of the Qatar Cricket Association in 1987. The prime objective was to improve the level of cricket by bringing it to a national level and to gain recognition of the local sports controlling body by aligning Q.C.A with the local sports club.
The Q.C.A. under the leadership of Mr. M.A. Shahid was evolved and expanded during this period. With the sincere efforts of the President, H.E. Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabor Al Thani who consented to become its chairman and Mr. Fahad Hussain Al Fardan as Vice Chairman.
His Excellency the Chairman made tremendous contribution to cricket’s development by making two additional grounds outside the Khalifa Stadium bringing the total number of grounds over there to seven.
In 1996 the QCA was given legal entity by the Y.A.S.A. through Resolution No. 13/1996 issued by H.E. the President of the Youth and Sports General Authority. As per the resolution the Q.C.A. Executive Board has been formed with H.E. Sh. Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al Thani, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, State of Qatar, as its Chairman.
Cricket was developed in schools progressed very rapidly in Qatar. The game is played in accordance with the regulations of the international Cricket Council London. The Q.C.A was accepted as an Affiliate Member of the International Cricket Council in June1999. The QCA was also accepted as Associate Member of the Asian Cricket Council.<...