Saudi Cricket Centre

Saudi Cricket Centre is the official governing body of the sport of cricket in Saudi Arabia. Its current headquarters is in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is Saudi Arabia's representative at the International Cricket Council, and has been a member of the Council since 2003. It is also a member of the Asian Cricket Council.

Saudi Cricket Council
المركز السعودي للكريكيت
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SportCricket
JurisdictionCricket in Saudi Arabia
AbbreviationSCC
Founded2001 (2001)
AffiliationInternational Cricket Council
Affiliation date2003 (affiliation)
2016 (associate member)
Regional affiliationAsian Cricket Council
Affiliation date2003
HeadquartersJeddah
Official website
saudicricket.org
Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia became 39th Associate Member of International Cricket Council in June 2016.[1]

HistoryEdit

For decades, cricket has been an interest of thousands of expatriates in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Cricket Center(SCC) was established in 2001 under the patronage of HRH Princess Ghada Bint Hamood Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, with the objective of “development and promotion of the game of cricket in Saudi Arabia”.

SCC is the only legal, indigenous entity registered with General Presidency of Youth Welfare to administer the game of cricket in Saudi Arabia. It is officially affiliated with the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and International Cricket Council (ICC), enabling it to oversee all international tours, regional competitions and domestic cricket events.

History of cricket in Saudi ArabiaEdit

The first references to cricket in Saudi Arabia was in 1960. Organised cricket was developed by the mid-1970s when associations were formed, and legal status to organise cricket events was attained in 2001. In 2003, Saudi Arabia obtained status as a country participating in international cricket events.

Regional cricket associationsEdit

WPCA – Western Province Cricket Association
RCA – Riyadh Cricket Association
EPCA – Eastern Province Cricket Association
YACA – Yanbu Al Sinayiah Cricket Association
Madina Al Munawwara Cricket Association (MMCA)
Aseer Cricket League (ACL)
Najran Cricket League (NCL)
Jizan Region Cricket League
Riyadh Cricket League (RCL)
Al Qaseem Cricket League (AQCL)
Jubail Cricket Association (JCA)
Tabuk Cricket Association (TCA)

Facilities and eventsEdit

Saudi Arabia has:

  • 120 registered cricket clubs, with over 3000 registered players
  • 25 cricket grounds
  • 2 cricket academies
-Exellence Cricket Academy in Jeddah
  • One turf wicket
  • 3 AstroTurf wickets
  • 17 certified coaches
  • 28 certified umpires
  • One women's ACC-qualified umpire/scorer
  • Various annual competitions
  • 56 inter-club competitions (each association conducts its own competition)
  • 8 inter-region open competitions
  • One inter-country competition at association level
  • Junior and youth leagues
  • 12 inter-school competitions (U-13, U-15, U-17)
  • 4 regional junior competitions (U-19–U-21)
  • 8 coaches involved in regular coaching clinics

SCC OfficialsEdit

Executive Council

Executive Council (EC) of Saudi Arabia has nine members – The representatives of six affiliated Regional Cricket Associations are mandatory of the executive council, the President, CEO, Executive Advisor and the Management Advisor from Saudi Cricket Centre.

Role and Responsibilities: Executive Council is the functioning as the Supreme Council with executive powers to approve the development program and the annual budget submitted to them by the Executive Cricket Committee.

Meeting schedule: Executive Council will meet at every six months on a date and venue mutually agreed and advised.

Chairman Executive Council: To be elected by the Executive Council

Members:

Nadeem Nadwi, CEO, Saudi Cricket Centre

Iftekhar Hussain, Management Advisor, Saudi Cricket Centre

Qasim Naqvi, Executive Advisor, Saudi Cricket Centre

Sikander Farooqi, Vice President, EPCA

Junaid Iskander, President, WPCA

Mehmood Qureshi, Patron, YACA


Executive Cricket Committee

Executive Cricket Committee (ECC) has nine members – the candidates of the six affiliated regional cricket associations, nominated by their respective organisations, the CEO, Manager Cricket Affairs and Manager Operations of Saudi Cricket Centre constitute the Executive Cricket Committee.

Role & Responsibilities: Executive Cricket Committee is the core of all cricket activities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is responsible to enhance the all-round standard of the game and to develop strategic plans to foster cricket in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is responsible to define parameters for domestic cricket under the minimum common program.

Meeting Schedule: Executive Cricket Committee will meet at every four months on a date and venue mutually agreed and advised.


Members:

Nadeem Nadwi, CEO, Saudi Cricket Centre

Sadiqul Islam, Manager Cricket Affairs, Saudi Cricket Centre

Hamid Afandi, Operations Cricket Affairs, Saudi Cricket Centre

Sikander Farooqi, Vice President, EPCA

Akram Qureshi, President, YACA

Zulfiqar Choudhry, Sr. Vice President, WPCA

Naeem Majeed, Coordinator, MCL

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