The six Chinese national team members who were training in Karachi are now in Lahore for a 12-day coaching camp. Coach Rashid Khan and Pakistan's Ambassador for Cricket to China Javed Miandad have taken the six Chinese cricketers to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore.

Playing four games in Karachi, China's coach said that a lot of the locals were impressed with the skills of some of the Chinese players. “Zhang Yufei scored 57 in one game. It was a great experience for them. They played well and learnt a lot.

“Our aim here is to expose them to a higher quality of cricket. The facilities at the NCA are world-class and the more they play, the better they get. There is always visible improvement at the end of each day and that is very encouraging for us all,” says Mr. Khan.

The players will be put under the same training drills as they were back in Karachi. With temperatures in Pakistan hitting a maximum of 40°C, the Twenty20 games are mostly played after 3PM. Pakistan’s cricketers, Shoaib Akhtar, Faisal Iqbal and Danish Kaneria, were with the Chinese players (Song Dou, Zhao Gaosheng, Li Jian, Zhang Peng, Jiang Shuyao and Zhang Yufei) and now Rashid Khan is looking to bring in more Pakistani talent to inspire his boys in Lahore.

Rashid Khan: Showing China cricket the way

“We’ve approached Akram Raza and Moin Khan. They have both been very accommodating and are ready to help. Being coached by cricketers of this standard will help teach my players a lot. And they are always eager to learn,” added Mr. Khan.

ACC Development Officer for China Aminul Islam is confident that the boys’ time in Pakistan will yield positives very soon. “These match scenarios are very important for the Chinese players. They need to play more games more often. It is like they have learnt the cricketing alphabet and now it is time for them to start reading and writing the paragraphs.”

Chinas best with Javed Miandad, PCB President Ijaz Butt and Rashid Khan at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

The six Chinese nationals return to Karachi for two more games before flying to Chengdu where a national training camp begins on May 10th.

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Filed April 30th, 2010