Kin­rara Oval ready to han­dle Sea Games de­mands

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE Malaysian Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion (MCA) are con­fi­dent that the Kin­rara Oval wicket will be able to stand up to the rigours of the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games com­pe­ti­tion.

Cricket of­fers three gold medals in the men’s and women’s Twenty20 and men’s 50-overs com­pe­ti­tions which are packed into 13 days of ac­tion from Aug 1729, all at Kin­rara Oval.

The cricket com­pe­ti­tion is the sec­ond long­est in du­ra­tion at the Sea Games, af­ter the 14-day long sepak takraw tour­na­ment.

MCA pres­i­dent Mahinda Val­lipu­ram said the venue is ready to host the tour­na­ment af­ter be­ing closed for six weeks in June and July to al­low the top dress­ing of the wicket with Dar­win clay.

“We do the top dress­ing ev­ery year and for this year we did it ahead of the Sea Games to make sure the wicket is ready and able to with­stand the de­mands of the tour­na­ment,” said Val­lipu­ram at the Kin­rara Oval in Ban­dar Kin­rara yes­ter­day.

“The field is also ac­cred­ited by the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil and should it rain dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, the Kin­rara Oval is best equipped to han­dle the ef­fects of the weather.

“An­other ben­e­fit is the flood­lights here which al­low us to hold matches at night,” he said.

For cricket fans, the 34 matches will be a wel­come de­light with cer­tain days host­ing up to four games with seat­ing ca­pac­ity tem­po­rar­ily in­creased to 1,000.

Mean­while, MCA signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with Fel­cra Train­ing and Con­sul­tancy (FTC) to help ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials and cricket play­ers de­velop lead­er­ship skills, strengthen mind sets and ef­fect strong and ef­fec­tive busi­ness skills.

“We are ex­cited that cricket can truly be a game where Malaysia can ex­cel. The Sports Min­istry has worked hand-in­hand with us.

“We are hold­ing three events and to have cricket in the Sea Games is a big step for us. In or­der to ful­fil our ob­jec­tives, we need to achieve some goals to­day and also those in the long-term,” added Val­lipu­ram, af­ter sign­ing the agree­ment with FTC man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ro­haizat Ah­mad. Devinder Singh

The Kin­rara Oval is ac­cred­ited by the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil.

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