LAHORE - Former ICC chairman Pakistan's Ehsan Mani would head a four-member cricket advisory board formed by the Dubai Sports City on Tuesday. According to a message received here, the Dubai Sports City announced the formation of the advisory board comprising eminent persons to oversee all cricket activity, and assist in promoting the venue around the world. Mani will chair the four-man panel with former ICC President Malcolm Gray, Chairman of the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit, Lord Paul Condon, and former West Indies captain and ICC Cricket Committee Chairman, Clive Lloyd being its members. Dubai Sports City CEO U. Balasubramaniam will join the board as a co-opted member. The board secretary will be the Dubai Sports City General Manager - Sports Business, Maqbul Dudhia. The advisory board will provide advice and counsel to the management of Dubai Sports City on all matters pertaining to cricket at Dubai Sports City, including matches at the new 25,000 capacity Dubai International Cricket Stadium, and the ICC Global Cricket Academy. "We are honoured that such an eminent group have accepted our invitation to become the first members of the Dubai Sports City Cricket Advisory Board," said Khalid Al Zarooni, President, Dubai Sports City. "The board members bring a wealth of experience which will provide invaluable insight and guidance to the management team, and help establish Dubai Sports City - the home of the ICC global headquarters - as a prime location for international cricket events and training." The role of the Dubai Sports City Cricket Advisory Board will include high-level oversight of all governance, practices and processes. It will also be asked to make recommendations that assist in bringing international cricket to Dubai Sports City, and to work closely with the Emirates Cricket Board to ensure that the UAE is well positioned to attract tournaments to the country. Mani, the Chairman of the board said: "I am delighted to be asked to chair the Cricket Advisory Board at Dubai Sports City. It is a unique concept to bring together an international panel that will bring independent governance through their wide-ranging expertise and experience in the game. The combination of the panel, the outstanding facilities at Dubai Sports City, and Dubai as a destination, positions the UAE as a strategic location for international cricket."Panel member Clive Lloyd said: "I have been closely involved with Dubai Sports City from its inception, and have been impressed with the level of professionalism. I am looking forward to playing a part in seeing more international cricket played in the UAE, and offering any advice I can to ensure matches at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, one of the best cricket grounds in the world, becomes a regular fixture on the cricket calendar." "I know Australia had a very good experience at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, and this venue, combined with the ICC Global Cricket Academy, will benefit all 104 members of the ICC," said Malcolm Gray. "Dubai Sports City's commitment to the game is to be commended, and I look forward to supporting the management team."The Dubai International Cricket Stadium hosted its first tournament earlier this year when Pakistan and Australia played a one-day international series and one-off Twenty20 match in the UAE. Officials and supporters of both sides praised the modern, integrated facilities, which presented a successful tournament."The recent series between Pakistan and Australia proved that Dubai Sports City is an ideal venue for international cricket," said U. Balasubramaniam, CEO, Dubai Sports City. "With more than three million cricket-loving fans in the UAE - and over 60,000 supporters experiencing our first three games - there is clearly a huge demand to see international cricket being played here in Dubai. The Dubai Sports City Cricket Advisory Board will help move us to a new level on the international cricket scene." The ICC Global Cricket Academy will provide an opportunity to players, coaches, umpires, curators and administrators from across the ICC's Member Countries to benefit from programs and courses when it opens later this year.The facility comprises an indoor training arena with seven indoor practice pitches, an indoor practice fielding facility, 38 outdoor practice pitches (28 turf practice wickets and 10 artificial practice wickets), classrooms, meeting rooms, two cricket ovals, swimming pool and other leisure facilities.