Storm almost upset Oman’s plans to host Twenty20 World Cup

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MUSCAT: Oman Cricket Chairman Pankaj Khimji Wednesday mentioned he would have needed to wave “goodbye” to the Twenty20 World Cup had a lethal storm that ripped by means of the Gulf state on Sunday taken a barely totally different path. Eleven folks have been killed as heavy winds and rain swept by means of the nation after tropical storm Shaheen made landfall in Oman. The Gulf state will host six Group B matches at Al Amerat close to Muscat, together with three involving their very own crew, and Khimji mentioned that they have been “very lucky” to have missed the worst of the storm. “We have been so near being just about worn out,” he mentioned.

“We had the cyclone just a few nautical miles north. It made the landfall there and it’s devastated that complete area and flooded the entire plain over there. “Had this had occurred over right here on this space, I had have mentioned ‘Goodbye’ to the World Cup.” Whereas a handful of hospitality tents bore the brunt of the storm, the organisers have been happy with the greener look of the outfield following the extraordinary rain. “We bought about three to 4 inches of rain,” mentioned Khimji. “And that made the bottom much more lush and greener, it seems to be even prettier now. It washed off all of the grime and sand.” The event was moved to the United Arab Emirates and Oman from India as a result of a COVID-19 surge and Khimji mentioned it was an enormous honour for minnows of the cricket world to stage such a prestigious occasion. “This cricket coming to Oman is gigantic,” he mentioned.

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“To assume that there can be tens of thousands and thousands of individuals watching the primary sport, it’s overwhelming to an extent. “How typically will an affiliate nation get an opportunity to host and play within the World Cup on the identical time? That is unreal, I’m dwelling a dream.” Zeeshan Maqsood will lead a bunch of Omani amateurs within the event and Khimji was hopeful they might make the Tremendous 12 stage with a top-two end in Group B, which additionally consists of Bangladesh, Scotland and Papua New Guinea. “They’ve been implausible. These are rank amateurs, they’ve a job which they do nine-to-five, and so they’ve taken a month or two off simply to compete on this World Cup.” England arrived in Muscat on Tuesday to start their 10-day preparatory camp earlier than the Tremendous 12 stage within the United Arab Emirates. The World Cup will get underway on October 17.

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