M.A. Shahid


A Brief History of Cricket in Qatar


In 1980 twelve major teams decided to form the Qatar Cricket Association under the presidency of Mr. M A Shahid and Mr. Saif-ud-Din 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 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 QCA with the local sports clubs.


The QCA 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 Jaber Al Thani who consented to become its Chairman and Mr. Fahad Hussain Alfardan 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 (Y.A.S.A). As per the resolution the QCA Executive Board has been formed with H.E. Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabor Al Thani, the Honorable Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, State of Qatar as its Chairman.


Cricket was developed in schools and progressed very rapidly in Qatar. The game is played in accordance with the regulations of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The QCA was accepted as an Affiliate Member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in June 1999. The QCA was also accepted as Associate Member of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).


His Excellency the Chairman has made a great contribution for promotion of cricket and arranged recently a land for cricket grounds near the Golf Course.


Later the QCA was associated with the Qatar National Olympic Committee and they always encouraged us by giving every support to sending cricket squads outside for participation in ACC organized cricket tournament.


Now QCA has around 20 qualified umpires, 12 qualified coaches, 3 qualified physios and 2 Coach Educators trained by Asian Cricket Council.


The QCA has formed 4 National Teams through schools and different clubs, under 15, under 17, under 19 and senior team. The QCA has participated in several ACC organized tournaments in Gulf and Asia. QCA organized ACC under 17 Gulf Cup in October 2003 and lift the champion trophy. Overall performance of all National teams was very good in view of not having a proper grassy ground.


The QCA has given a proposal for a grassy ground to the Asian Cricket Council and a stadium to the Chairman who will be kind enough to take up the matter with the Government Sports Authority.


We are really thankful to the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Qatar National Olympic Committee who are helping us in promotion of Cricket in Qatar, and the Asian Cricket Council for their support. We hope a day is not far away when there will be a Cricket Stadium in Qatar.

The QCA objective is to take Cricket in the World Cup for under 19 on an initial stage and then produce National team players to participate in the World Cup.

Muhammad Imran
Office Manager
Qatar Cricket Association
Post Box No. 339
Doha _ Qatar

Fax:        + 974 - 4314154
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 Last Updated : Sunday January 31, 2010 16:19