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Population: 7,112,668 (2014 est.)
Population (Aged 0-14): 12.1%
National Coach: Charles Burke
Men's Captain: James Atkinson
Women's Coach: Najeeb Amar
Women’s Captain: Ishitaa Gidwani
Cricket teams: 107
Grounds: 12
Turf wickets: 3
Playing Season: September to April

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 – 80, Level III – 4
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 Chinese boys and girls have been introduced to cricket. Participation numbers have been steadily increasing year on year.

The men’s team, a mix of fearless youth and aged guile has played in the 2014 World Twenty20, achieving One Day International status on the way. The women’s team are 50% Chinese and are playing with enthusiasm and aptitude.

A thriving club cricket scene for men and women provides plenty of playing opportunities. The local league structure was re-organized in 2011 to allow for more competitive cricket for the elite cricketers without compromising the social side of the game which is much cherished in Hong Kong. In 2014 coaching numbers have gone by 60% and umpires have more than doubled to manage increased cricketing activity.

Along with ACC funding and ICC support, the Hong Kong Cricket Association is healthily placed to find, nurture and develop internationally competitive cricketers. One thing that has held them back for a while is the absence of a full-sized international-standard ground to join the nine other smaller turfed and mixed-use grounds in the Special Administrative Region. There are also well-developed plans to make use of the Guanggong International Cricket Stadium built specially for the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.

A period of retrenchment and reform is being embarked upon, with the aim of expanding the reach of the game in the territory, particularly among those children starting secondary school. The intention is to create more cricketers in future years. The number of accredited active coaches has been doubled in recent years. “It may mean we take one step back to take two steps forward, but the benefits will become apparent in due course,” said then HKCA General Manager Danny Lai in 2011.

Indeed they have, with victory in the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 in January 2011 and a berth in the ICC High Performance Program following their top-four finish in Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 2 later in the year. The men then won through to the Final of the ACC Twenty20 Cup at the end of 2011, securing them a place in the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier. They made it to the 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier as well, from where this time they made it to their first senior team global event. A strong performance at the World Cup Qualifier in early 2014, while just missing out on a berth in World Cup 2015, secured them ODI status which Hong Kong hold until 2018, This sustained run of excellence was capped off with a win over Bangladesh at the 2014 World Twenty20 itself.

The 2014 Women The 2014 U-16s On the way to victory over Bangladesh in World Twenty20 2014

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