The East comes to London’s NW8

Six Chinese cricketers have been in the English capital playing, coaching and absorbing as much of the cricket culture as they can. “This summer was very wet and we had the highest rain in June since the records began. Despite the weather they had a good time and experience,” says Capital Kids Cricket Development Coach Shahidul Alam Ratan from London.

One of the few good days they had with the weather took them to Lord’s for the Capital Kids Cricket/MCC Festival where the Chinese cricketers showed off their coaching skills to children from 25 primary schools. It was their second visit to Lord’s, having earlier spent a day there as guests of Marylebone Cricket Club during England’s Test against the West Indies.

Well suited at Lord’s; from left: Huang Zhuo, Song Yang Yang, Zhang Yufei, Li Jian

I hope this trip will help their own development, know more about cricket, its culture and the grassroots development they have witnessed in some of our programs,” says Ratan. The well-travelled cricketers now return to their university studies and will resume playing for China in the ACC Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup and the ACC Trophy Challenge later in the year.

“We’ve been thrilled by the generosity and hospitality of Capital Kids Cricket and their supporters in making this Chinese tour possible,” says ACC Development Officer for China Aminul Islam. “I know that the players have enjoyed playing in England and working with fresh people and that people in England have enjoyed working and playing with them. When I was a young player, it was a great experience to communicate with the people whose living style and culture were completely different from mine. We hope that these cricketers, among the best in China, will go on and inspire many more to play cricket,” adds the former Bangladesh captain.

Huang Zhou spreading some sunshine

“This was an exciting project for me and we hope to support as much as we can in the future,” affirms Ratan, who hopes that the Capital Kids Cricket China project continues in the long term. “I still cannot believe I have come all the way to England to play cricket, five years ago I wouldn’t have even imagined it was possible. I hope that five years from now there will be more cricketers of England coming to China and that more cricketers of China come to England,” says Huang Zhou.

Young Pioneer Swinging Away in Yorkshire
Capital Kids Cricket
China Cricket Profile

Filed July 13th, 2012