History of cricket
Cricket is receiving active royal patronage in the kingdom and the Saudi Cricket Centre is reaching out to as many as possible who wish to play the game. According to Chief Executive Nadeem Nadwi the intention of the SCC is to develop the kingdom's infrastructure, youth and competition programmes: "Youth development is the prime objective, the targets are primary and secondary schools, where we hope to introduce the children to the basics of the game by way of interactive and video demonstrations." Saudi Arabia joined the ICC as an affiliate member in 2003 and was recently given Associate membership in 2016.
International cricket and developing the game
A tournament structure for age-groups for Under-13, Under-15, Under-17 up to Under-19 as well as regional competitions for the seniors is proposed, with particular emphasis being put on investing in turf surfaces at all the new academies and grounds. To that end, the kingdom is being divided into six regional bodies for the purposes of development: Jeddah,Riyadh, Dammam, Medina, Abha and Yanbu. The expectation is that by 2013 at least 180 schools will be competing in nationally-managed competitions.
The intention is to create a focused pathway for talented players to progress. Structured training programmes and scholarships for the most promising players are proposed with full support being given to the new generation of coaches, curators and umpires that will be needed.