Shanthakumaran Sreesanth said Qatar could benefit by playing tennis-ball cricket, especially at schools.
“I’ve heard a lot about Qatar and its excellent sports facilities. The country is investing a lot in sports especially with the 2022 FIFA World Cup I mind. And as far as taking cricket forward is concerned, the best and easiest way is to play more with tennis balls. It should be introduced at schools and more nationals should play the sport,” said Sreesanth.
In Doha as the chief guest for the Third Nations Cup, a popular tournament among the expatriates in Qatar, Sreesanth called for more such events to be held regularly.
“A lot of guys start with tennis-ball cricket. Munaf Patel was very quick when he came to the Indian team as he was very good at it. Later, he cut down his pace for different reasons. For batsmen also, this is the best way to start to learn about picking the length of the ball,” added Sreesanth.
Event sponsor Siraj Virani shared Sreesanth’s views.
“In the Middle East, especially during the weekends, we see matches at many places. So there’s no dearth of enthusiasm as such. Tennis-ball cricket should get more exposure,” Virani said.