Dubai: The Dubai Cricket Council (DCC), which has endured difficult times ever since being strapped for grounds, and has had to give up on a new season this year as a result, has been revamped.
A recent meeting of the DCC resulted in a reshuffle of the council in a bid to boost its activities.
Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, the chairman of the DCC, has appointed Ameen Faisal Farooq as the new honorary secretary of the body with four committee members to back him.
Mohammad Lokhandwala, who was the honorary secretary, has stepped down due to health reasons.
Speaking to Gulf News, Farooq said: “It is a challenge and I hope to carry on the good work done by Lokhandwala in the past and take the council forward.”
The committee members who will be supporting Farooq are Farrukh Seddiqi, who will be in charge of grounds and the umpires committee; Shiva Pagarani, the convenor of finance and administration; Shoeb Muljiani, the convenor of special projects; and Gopal Jasapara, the convenor of the tournament committee.
“We are holding a meeting of all the committee convenors to try and do our best. We will be working out an action plan and presenting it to our chairman and vice-chairmen for approval,” Farooq said.
Gulf News had last month highlighted the DCC’s situation in the absence of any grounds and the difficulties it faced furthering cricket in the emirate.
Responding to the plight of the DCC, Falaknaz assured that cricket fans can expect good news soon.
Asked about the launch of a new season, Farooq said: “We will surely start our tournaments but we have decided not to rush into it. We will plan for the next year and prepare in a better manner as early as possible.”
On the lack of grounds, which is the biggest problem facing the DCC, Farooq said: “All the committee members will sit together and work out a plan to get our own grounds and give a proposal to the chairman. If we can get our own grounds, it will be an icing on the cake.”
Farooq, who is a captain with Emirates airline, is not new to DCC administration as he was a committee member in 2000. “We have a five-member committee including myself now. We are in the process of sitting together and working out plans for the future. You can surely hear about positive things happening in the DCC and we assure you it will not be a step backward but a strong step forward,” he said.
The DCC used to stage 900 matches a year and had 1,700 registered players before losing its seven grounds, including two turf wickets, at the Al Jadaf area for the construction of the Dubai Health Care City.
The council, which used to stage a minimum of 25 tournaments a season, has been unable to start a single event this year.
The DCC’s Al Rawabi inter-school tournament was among the most popular domestic tournaments in the UAE.
“We will try to revamp the inter-school and inter-academy tournaments as well as the inter-bank tournament. For these events, there is huge enthusiasm and we will all strive towards its successful conduct,” Farooq added.
Abdul Rahaman Falaknaz (Chairman), Mohammad Reda Abbas (Vice-Chairman)
Khalid Zarouni (Vice-Chairman), Ameen Faisal Farooq (Honorary Secretary), Farrukh Seddiqi (Grounds & Umpires Committee member), Shiva G Pagarani (Convenor – Finance & Administration Committee), Shoeb Muljiani (Convenor – Special Projects Committee), Gopal Jasapara (Convenor – Tournament Committee).