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Abdul Rehman Bukhatir plans to build 'cricket village' in UAE

21 June, 2006

Abdul Rehman Bukhatir, who earned immense popularity for his role in making Sharjah a major international venue in the mid-1980s, has decided to build a 'cricket village' in the UAE.

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According to his plans, eight new grounds would be built near Sharjah later this year to compensate for the recent disappearance of cricket facilities in his country. Bukhatir is learnt to have secured land near Al Dhaid where he wants to set up his dream project, reports The News.

According to Bukhatir, this venue will be like a village as it is located amidst beautiful date palm trees." The grounds are set to be ready by October.

"These grounds will be easily accessible for the cricketers from Sharjah, Dubai and Ajman. It is only a 25-minute drive from all these places and it is easily accessible due to the highways connected from all the emirates," the paper quoted Bukhatir as saying by a Gulf newspaper yesterday.

He added: "Cricket should go on and everything needs to be done to ensure that the game is played without a break."