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HONG KONG




Population: 7,112,668 (2014 est.)
Population (Aged 0-14): 12.1%
National Coach: Simon Cook
Men's Captain: Babar Hayat
Women's Coach: Richard Waite
Women’s Captain: Mariko Hill
Cricket teams: 147
Leagues: 12
Grounds: 9
Grounds with Turf wickets: 3
Playing Season: September to May

ACC Member since 1983
ACC Development Officer: Aminul Islam

ODI nation at the 2014 ACC Premier League
Recent Achievements:
2011 Winners, Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3
2011 Winners, ACC Women’s Twenty20 Championship
2011 Finalists, ACC Twenty20 Cup
2012 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, 11th out of 16
2012 ACC Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup
2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers
2014 Third, ICC World Cup 2015 Qualifier
Awarded ODI status until 2018
2014 ICC World Twenty20, T20I status

Personnel qualified from ACC Courses:

Coaches: Level I and II – 40, Level III – 10
Umpires: Level I and II – 31, Level III - 6
Curators: Module I – 2, Module II – 1, Module III – 1, Advanced – 2

What was once a purely Anglicized expatriate game now encompasses a significant number of sub-continental migrants who come together at senior and all age-group levels to represent Hong Kong. What is most significant, however, about current cricket activity is that the game has been embedded in the curriculum of primary schools throughout the territory. As such, thousands of native Male and Female Chinese players have been introduced to cricket. Participation numbers have been steadily increasing year on year and Cricket is now one of the fastest growing sports in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong played its first match in 1866 and has been an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1969.

In 1982, the Hong Kong national cricket team made their first appearance in the ICC Trophy, and finished fifth in their group of eight, recording two wins, against Israel, and Gibraltar. Interport matches continued until 1987, until the final one was played, against Singapore. In 1992, the first Hong Kong Cricket Sixes tournament was contested, and was won by Pakistan.

By finishing as runners-up in the 2000 ACC Trophy, Hong Kong qualified for the 2004 Asia Cup. At the 2004 competition, Hong Kong played their first One Day International (ODI) matches, suffering losses to Bangladesh and Pakistan. After finishing as runners-up in the 2006 ACC Trophy, Hong Kong once again qualified for the Asia Cup, where in the 2008 tournament, losing to Pakistan and India.

Hong Kong hosted the ICC World Cricket League Division 3 in January 2011 and were victorious in defeating Papua New Guinea in the final. A top four finish in the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 obtained Hong Kong a berth in the ICC High Performance program later that same year. A strong performance in the 2013 ICC World Twenty 20 Qualifiers led to Hong Kong’s finest moment to date on the international stage with a win over ICC World T20 hosts Bangladesh in Chittagong 2014. A strong 3rd placed finish at the World Cup Qualifier in early 2014 in New Zealand, saw the team narrowly miss out on a berth in the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Hong Kong have gone on to qualify for the 2016 T20 World Cup in India, ICC Intercontinental Cup and ICC World Cricket League Championships and have ODI status until at least the 2019 ICC World Cup.

As of 1st August 2017, Hong Kong is ranked 15th in the world in One Day Internationals, and Twenty20 Internationals. Hong Kong has played in every ICC Trophy/World Cup Qualifier tournament, with the exceptions of the 1979 and 2005 events. It has also taken part in two ICC Intercontinental Cup tournaments, in 2005 and in 2015–17, and in two ICC World Twenty20 tournaments, in 2014 and 2016.

Women’s cricket continues to flourish within Hong Kong and the Women’s National team currently has 65% Chinese players comprising in the squad. Strong performances in the World Cup Qualifiers and East Asia T20 competitions have laid a platform to take the game forward and grow the development of the game domestically from juniors through to the senior team.

The Hong Kong Dragons team whilst still in its infancy continues to grow at a steady rate and the team is beginning to announce itself within the domestic competition. The increased participation amongst Chinese men within Hong Kong is leading to new teams joining the domestic competition and offering a wide range of opportunities to players and officials to develop their various skill sets and knowledge of the game.

Along with ACC funding and ICC support, Cricket Hong Kong is healthily placed to find, nurture and develop internationally competitive cricketers. Minimal Ground and Practice facilities continue to provide a challenge for all that play the game in Hong Kong but the desire to address these issues is one of Hong Kong’s major strengths. The T20 Blitz competition originating in 2016 has proven to be a world class T20 event with Hong Kong playing host to some of the legends of the game.

Men’s Captain:
Barbar Hayat
Women’s coach:
Richard Waite
Women’s captain:
Mariko Hill

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