Hong Kong are the latest country to confirm their participation in the Asian Games in Guangzhou in November. Both the men’s and women’s teams will be taking part. They join Bangladesh, China Pakistan, Sri Lanka in fielding teams in both the men’s and women’s Twenty20 events. Thailand were first to confirm a team in the women’s event; Afghanistan, Japan, Malaysia and Nepal are also likely to take part in Guangzhou.

“The Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong have been very supportive of cricket and have provided a structured approach,” says Hong Kong Cricket Association General Manager Danny Lai. “The men’s team is going to be consistent with the one that’s played in ACC and ICC tournaments and the women’s team is going to be 70%-80% the same as the one which won the 2009 ACC Twenty20,” adds Mr. Lai.

Under Asian Games/Olympic Council of Asia rules, only athletes who bear the passports of the countries they represent are eligible to participate. “The Hong Kong Cricket Association have put the ‘development factor’ into selection by including some local Chinese players in the squad,” says the General Manager.

Matches in Guangzhou will be played at the purpose-built cricket stadium located at the Guangdong University of Technology in the Higher Mega Center, which has a seating capacity of 12,000. 2010 is the first time that cricket is being played at the Asian Games.

Guangzhou’s new ground, May 2010
Picture courtesy: HKCA

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Filed June 10th, 2010