China’s U-19 squad have arrived in Dhaka, Bangladesh at the start of a four-week stay at the Bangladesh Institute of Sports (BKSP). The Chinese will play matches against local youth teams and train extensively in preparation for the ACC U-19 Challenge in December. Eight of the squad are already in the national senior side, with a number of others in the frame, and getting ready for the Asian Games in November 2010 is the ultimate goal.
“The Bangladesh Cricket Board have been very kind and gracious in hosting the team and from the moment the boys landed they were given VIP treatment, with even the CEO of the Board being at the airport to receive them. I think it will impress them to see how much cricket is loved in this country and how much Bangladesh devotes to cricket. The boys will really benefit from the intensive training available at the BKSP, where the Bangladesh national team does so much of its training,” says the ACC’s Development Officer for China Aminul Islam.
Lu Ping Ping, a Level I coach trained by the ACC and Cricket Australia since 2005 along with a coach from Shenyang, Gao Mingming, are travelling with the players. National coach Rashid Khan is already in Dhaka along with Aminul Islam for a Level III course and will join his team on its completion.
At BKSP, situated 30 kilometres north of Dhaka, the Chinese boys will also have English classes four days a week, to go with their four-hour training sessions six days a week.
Picture courtesy Bangladesh Cricket Board
Filed Nov 5th, 2009