Emirates Cricket Board CEO Wants To Put Key Players Under Contract
Emirates Cricket Board CEO David East said that the organization "may soon contract players" to play for the UAE national team, according to K.R. Nayar of GULF NEWS. He said that with cricketers here being unable to get adequate time for practice due to their job commitments, "plans are on to create a centralised contracting system." East: “One of the key issues is the lack of availability of players due to work commitments. This is a matter which we will look towards solving to give our coach the best possible team to work with all the time." East also revealed that plans are "afoot to stage inter emirates cricket tournaments." East said, “We want to make sure we get the best versus best playing in all tournaments. We are certainly looking at an inter-emirate competition. This plan is very active at the moment in its preparation and consideration." Talking about the prospect of high-profile matches like Dubai versus Abu Dhabi, East said: “Our vision would certainly be for that to happen, but whether it can happen immediately or not is a matter we will discuss as it involves financial support, sponsorship and logistics" (GULF NEWS, 3/26).