The pandemic has affected many industries and this includes the sports industry worldwide. Many sports events have either been canceled or postponed since March of this year. In Oman, in particular, Cricket activities were stopped in the same month. However, it is most likely that the sport will return to the country by September.
Many sports events have already returned since May like the German Bundesliga and the English Premier League (EPL). When it comes to cricket, the Indian Premier League or the IPL is also set to return in September of this year and this tournament will be held in the UAE.
This surely makes many cricket fans and punters happy as it has been a few months of waiting before finally knowing the fate of the league. Punters can now check today’s IPL match odds once again while waiting for the restart of this year’s season.
Meanwhile, Oman Cricket is also aiming to return by September. The registration for the teams in the country has already opened on August 9 until August 23. The deadline for the payment of the fees will also be on the same day. The registration is open for all the teams that are willing to compete in all levels of the competition this season.
The registration that has started on August 9 is for the male senior teams as the registration for all women’s and junior teams are scheduled to take place on the following week, August 16. The same deadline applies for the registration of the women and junior teams.
The Chief Administration Officer of Oman Cricket, Iqbal Ariwala spoke about the registration period with the Oman Times and said, “The teams must complete the registration process by logging in to our website www.omancricket.org as there will be no extension in the entry deadlines. Team groupings for all the divisions will be finalized after the deadlines and announced during the captain’s and manager’s meetings.”
It does seem like September will be a busy time for Oman Cricket but as of now, there are still no official dates as to when cricket matches will start once again. The Oman Cricket body is still waiting for the official approval of the government for these matches to start once again.
Like how many sports events that have already resumed in some parts of the world, Oman Cricket will surely implement regulations that will ensure everyone’s safety. For example, the EPL returned to the scene behind closed doors. Even the IPL is also likely to resume without an audience once it starts in UAE. These regulations will all be dependent on the advice of the government where the matches will take place, and of course, the advice of medical experts.
The return of Oman Cricket in September can also be a good thing for the league. It could get more attention from the people in other countries. The ICC T20 has also been postponed and there are still no official dates as to when this will return. And so, fans who are missing some great cricket action may tune in to Oman Cricket instead.
Cricket is mainly popular in Australia, England, and parts of Asia. Oman is one of the countries that have a passion for this sport and this country has also produced many great talents like Zeeshan Maqsood and Aqib Illyas. This sport was introduced in the country when it was a British protectorate. Oman Cricket is the governing body of the sport in the country.
Oman’s women cricket team is also on the rise as they did a great job in the QCA Women’s t20i triangular tournament that happened in Doha, Qatar. For this, Vaishali Jesrani, the captain of the team, was interviewed and she said, “They played for the first time under the aegis of ICC, and it was a maiden appearance for the team in the T20I. It was also a debut appearance for all the players under the ICC umbrella, they qualified for the final and also brought home the runners-up trophy.” Priyanka Edxna was announced as the player of the tournament and Bhakti Shetty was proclaimed as the bowler of the tournament. Jesrani added, “It was a great learning experience for the young team. Every match at the international level gives you a learning opportunity. We need to analyze our loopholes and plug the gap for better results in the future. Most of the matches were keenly contested with the win or loss being decided in the last over. The single-digit margin of victory itself suggests how tough the contest was.”