With temperatures in central and northern China typically below zero in the winter months, with severe frosts and heavy snows, Chinese cricketers find themselves either confined to indoor gymnasia or not playing at all. The stadium in the southern city of Guangzhou, which enjoys temperatures up to 35° C higher than Beijing in January, built specially for the 2010 Asian Games, has been signed over to the Chinese Cricket Association for its winter training and matchplay.

(From left to right) CCA Deputy Secretary General ZhangTian, GDUT Sports Director Xu Bin, ACC Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Huq and ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura at the signing of the ground use agreement in Guangzhou

The ground was recently used for the ACC Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup, and the Asian Cricket Council has underwritten the rental agreement with the Guangdong University of Technology, owners of the stadium. It runs for six months for each of the next three years with a provision for the Chinese Cricket Association to also hold their annual National Championships every July.

Picture by Travis Pittman

The ACC and CCA are responsible for the maintenance of the wicket pitch and the provision of the ground equipment and the University is responsible for the maintenance of the outfield and the provision of the consumables (fuel, fertilizer, etc.)

The Chinese women’s team have already been training on the ground in preparation for the upcoming ACC Women’s Championship. The Hong Kong Cricket Association can also use this ground for their league and cup fixtures for the duration of the agreement.

China Cricket Profile

Filed January 4th, 2013