Thursday, August 23, 2007
First turf wicket opens for practice
The first ever turf wicket in the Maldives was opened today. The practice turf wicket is the culmination of years of hard work, trail and error and dedication by CCBM top officials and staff. Thanks are especially due to Mr. Channa Wickramasuria who had been instrumental in preparing the wicket. The wicket was constructed with the assistance of ACC. New Zealand Turf Institute provided the technical assistance and consultation.
The wicket was opened today in a ceremony held in the outdoor nets. FAM Chairman Mohamed Kaleem was Chief Guest. Veteran cricketer and Sports Ministry official Sathaavari Alifulu bowled the first ball on the wicket to Mohamed Kaleem.
After the ceremony, National Team players had their first practice session on a natural grass wicket in the country. The wicket will be a valuable infrastructure addition, and will play a key role in the preparation of teams for overseas tournaments.
CCBM thanks all those involved in making this project a success.