Hong Kong has started a campaign to find and groom enough cricketers of sufficient quality to represent them in both the men’s and women’s T20 events at the Asian Games in Guangzhou in November.

“The passport-holders only rule is a key factor for selection at the Asian Games. Our men’s team will have no problems, all the Pakistanis have Hong Kong passports,” says HKCA General Manager Danny Lai. “The best of the U-19s currently in New Zealand for the World Cup will feature as well as the seniors in the squad we send to Guangzhou,” he adds.

Winners of the 2008 ACC Trophy Elite

The women’s team is currently made up largely of expatriate passport holders and fielding the same team that won the 2009 ACC Women’s Twenty20 Championship will be impossible. “We are looking though to bring in new eligible players. We had a recruitment campaign through schools and universities and so far around 50 have come through, with more to come. The women’s team in Guangzhou may not be the strongest but we’ll have expanded the pool of available talent for the future and have built more awareness of the game here,” says Mr. Lai.

Winners of the 2009 ACC Women’s Twenty20 Championship

A three-month skills development program for all new players was started by the Hong Kong Cricket Association at the end of December.

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Filed Jan 8th, 2010