The Chief Executive of the International Cricket Council, Malcolm Speed, as well as Shaharyar Khan, Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board will be in China from the 18th to 22nd of September, 2006. Their mission - to find out just how significant a part China can play in expanding cricket’s horizons.

“This is my first visit to China as Chief Executive Officer of the International Cricket Council and it is an exciting prospect both personally and professionally,” says Mr. Speed.

Malcolm Speed

He continues: “I was given an insight into the China Cricket Association’s plans during an Asian Cricket Council seminar in Kuala Lumpur in June and although those plans are still in their early stages they are still very impressive.

“No one is under any illusions that the widespread development of the game in China will be something that takes place overnight.

“However, the enthusiasm for the game in China appears to be both tangible and growing rapidly and if that enthusiasm can be harnessed then that is great news for cricket not only there but on a worldwide basis.”

The Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Shaharyar Khan, has been appointed by the President of the Asian Cricket Council, the body responsible for the development of cricket in Asia, to chair a ‘Committee to Evaluate China’.

Shaharyar Khan and Malcolm Speed listening to a presentation from the Chinese Cricket Association at the ACC Seminar on the Future Direction of Asian Cricket, Kuala Lumpur June 2006

“I have met with some Chinese officials and I have been impressed by the rigour and the scale of their strategic thinking,” says Mr. Khan.


“The opportunities they potentially offer their countrymen is immense, the potential they offer the cricket world is immense. I will be in Beijing to see for myself the standard of play, coaching and facilities established so far.”

Accompanying Messrs. Speed and Khan to China are the Asian Cricket Council Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Huq, the President of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, Shravan Patel and former Sri Lankan international, Romesh Kaluwitharana. Also present will be Matthew Kennedy, Global Development Manager of the International Cricket Council.

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