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With just over a million Emirati’s living in UAE, the Emirati Development Programme forms an important part of Emirates Cricket’s strategic plan in growing the game.

The UAE National squad currently comprises of 3 Emirati Nationals and it’s the aim of the Emirati Development Programme to ensure that there will be a steady integration of National players available for selection, in all forms of the game, in the future.

Cricket, traditionally amongst the Emirati population, has had a very low participation rate, with a majority never having experienced the game. It is an exciting time for Emirati cricket as the ECB have the unwavering support and backing of Al Ain Water to run the Emirati Development Programme.

Through this affiliation the ECB now has the resources to take professional coaching into local schools and provide playing opportunities that have been limited before. A resource book of cricket in Arabic has been created and playing equipment provided to encourage and support this learning and development.

In addition, the Programme has been bolstered by the employment of a dedicated Arabic speaking Development Officer who will be able to take the game forward.

For more information about the Emirati Development Programme contact Emirates Cricket’s National Development Manager, Andrew Russell via email: andrew.russell@emiratescricket.com