Twenty-five schools in Beijing, Tianjin, Shenyang and Shanghai welcomed ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam as he began his wide-ranging search to form a men's and women's cricket team to represent China at the 2010 Asian Games.

500 players were initially chosen after comprehensive skills training and game situations. From those, 289 will go forward into specialized training programs.

A database of the players and their standards in batting, bowling and fielding is to be maintained for future planning, development and training purposes. With grading and other input from coaches, Development Officers and China's national coach Rashid Khan, the database will be used to select the best players for the national men's and women's squads.

Aminul Islam (left) and Rashid Khan (right) leaving their mark on Chinese cricket


"The children came with a lot of passion and enthusiasm. The environment for cricket in China has become much stronger," said Mr. Islam, "the authorities have taken a mission to bring China into competitive international cricket."

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Filed May 16, 2008