(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) As the new domestic cricket season gets underway on September 13, a lot of focus will be on two initiatives of Oman Cricket (OC) - its maiden U13 league and the increase in the number of teams from two to five in the U19 women's league.
With a record 83 teams participating across various divisions in the league for the 2013-14 season, 11 teams will vie for top honours in the U13 circuit.
The U13 division is an addition to OC's junior activities that already comprises U19 and U16 leagues.
Also, the women's league is expected to get more competitive with the addition of three teams - all are school sides.
The teams are Indian School Muscat (ISM), Indian School Wadi Kabir (ISWK), Indian School Al Seeb (ISAS), Indian School Ghubra (ISG) and Pakistan School Muscat (PSM).
Vaishali Jesrani will be OC's women's league coordinator.
Madhu Jesrani, OC's secretary, told Muscat Daily, ''While we have a record number of teams participating this season, we are most thrilled to launch the U13 league and be able to make the women's league more structured with the addition of more teams.''
The schedule for the coming season will be finalised at OC's tournament committee meeting early next month.
The A division comprises seven teams. All-Omani OCT Muscat-A and Raha CT entered this season in place of Arabian Industries CT and Times of Oman. Former champion Raha makes a comeback after a gap of two years.