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In a boost to youth cricket in the coun­try, the Emi­rates Cricket Board has launched a new U17 UAE Academy Cricket League. The league, which com­menced play on Oc­to­ber 8 this year, is be­ing con­ducted in co­op­er­a­tion with the re­gion’s most es­tab­lished cricket acad­e­mies. It is a white-ball 30over for­mat with a to­tal of 69 matches sched­uled over a six­month pe­riod. David East, Emi­rates Cricket Board CEO, said: “This league gives each academy the re­spon­si­bil­ity of host­ing their home games and pro­vid­ing the away team with a pro­fes­sional and com­pet­i­tive play­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.” The new sea­son-long league will see each player’s sta­tis­tics mon­i­tored and recorded through­out the sea­son, al­low­ing them to track their progress and ap­proach the game more pro­fes­sion­ally and al­low­ing the board to form a tal­ent pool.

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