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Dubai Cricket Council warning on private tournaments

Competitions without council’s stamp will be deemed unauthorised

Gulf News

Dubai: The Dubai Cricket Council (DCC) has warned private tournament organisers that any event that does not seek their written permission will be declared as ‘unauthorised.’

The statement comes at a time when the council has come in for severe criticism from some clubs, which say the DCC does not have an office in Dubai or even a phone number on which it can be contacted.

The council, which has failed to create a ground of its own ever since venues under its purview were taken over for construction of Dubai Healthcare City near Garhoud area, has also asked private ground owners not to lease out their grounds to such tournament organisers if organisers cannot present any approval letter from the concerned cricket council.

Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, the chairman of the DCC and Mohammad Reda Abbas, the vice-chairman, have issued a statement saying that no private organisers can conduct tournaments if they do not have written permission from the DCC.

“Dubai Cricket Council is the official body under the Emirates Cricket Board to organise and approve cricket in the emirate of Dubai just as the other councils of Sharjah, Ajman and Abu Dhabi are in their own emirate. All teams and players who are registered with various councils of the UAE are advised that they should not participate in any disapproved cricket and they should only participate in cricket tournaments which are conducted by the various councils of the UAE or approved by them,” the DCC statement said.