CBFS to build Cricket Stadium in Dubai
By Marlon Fernandopulle
The Cricketers Benefit Fund Series (CBFS) organizers of the popular Sharjah Limited over tournaments are planning to build a second stadium with state of the art facilities in the desert venue soon.

The stadium which will be built in the Dubai City is expected to take 18 months to complete and will host the first match in early 2005. In an interview with the Sunday Times the Chief Executive of CBFS Zahid Noorani said"We have finalized all plans relevant to the construction of a new stadium in the Dubai City. Once complete it will have all the latest facilities which could be compared to any International ground around the World.Unlike the current Sharjah Stadium which was built in stages this one will be built to a finish in about 18 months".

The Chief Executive of CBFS who is also the Chief Executive of Taj Television was in Colombo for a few days last week to sign the Television Rights Agreement with Sri Lanka Cricket for the England tour.As exclusively reported in the Sunday Times last week Taj Television were given the Television Broadcasting rights for the England tour and signed the agreement on Tuesday.

Sharjah, which fist hosted a one day game in 1981 has the proud distinction of hosting the most number of one dayers.Plans are already underway to have a quadrangular tournament in April next year."We have not decided on the teams but I will be speaking to the teams which will be free next April in the next few days,"said Noorani.It is very likely that Australia,South Africa,Pakistan and Sri Lanka will make up the four teams for next year’s quadrangular.

The Chief Executive also revealed that the two center wickets in the Sharjah Stadium was completely re-laid recently."For the first time in several years we re-laid the two match wickets completely,thus improving the bounce and fastness of the strip".

The Wickets in Sharjah have always been criticized by players and officials for it's slowness and bounce in the past.Noorani believes that the re-laying of the wickets will make a difference and make limited overs cricket even more competitive and exciting in Sharjah.

Sharjah was the brain child of Business tycoon Abdur Rahman Bukhatir and Quasi Noorani(father of Zahid).

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