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Cricket started in Doha in 1977 with eight clubs participating in the league. In 1980, 12 majorteams formed the Qatar Cricket Association (QCA) with the prime objective of improving thelevel of cricket by bringing it to a national level. The number of grounds quickly rose with, initially,seven grounds built near Doha Golf Course later extended to 16.

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC), alongwith ICC, played a major role in thedevelopment of cricket in Qatar in providingtraining and seminars for coaches, umpires, curators and assistance forthe infrastructure. Recent figures showed there is one Level 3 coach, fiveat Level 2 and 21 at Level 1. There are also 38 Level 1 umpires and eightat Level 2 for the running of local leagues, which has increased to 48registered clubs.

In 2011, cricket was introduced into two schools with Kanga cricketequipment, and of the 14 students who received coaching, four went toThailand to take part in an Under-16 tournament. Apart from the nationalboys, coaching was also given to sports teachers in six Arabic schools.

Cricket has also become popular among females. At an ACC Under-19tournament, Qatar finished fifth of 12 Asian teams and in schools there isnow girls cricket in 10 establishments, set to increase to 15 by the end of2012. Junior camps are held for boys twice a year with 20 schools invited.

At national level, teams in all age groups have participated in alltournaments organised by ACC and ICC.

A cricket stadium of international standard was set to be completed byJuly 2012 and it is the QCA's intention to approach ACC and ICC toarrange tournaments and international matches in Qatar to popularise thegame among local nationals, with the support of TV coverage.

The QCA's long-term objective is to win an ACC Cup, gain a place in theUnder-19 World Cup and then produce national team players good enoughto reach a forthcoming World Cup. It certainly has the facilities.