The Chinese Women’s team are heading to Andhra Pradesh in south-east India for a three-week tour in order to prepare for the Asian Games later this year. They will take part in a T20 Triangular against the state women’s team and an Invitational XI. “It’s a great chance for the players to get used to playing tough cricket on turf,” says ACC Development Officer for China Aminul Islam.

The Chinese will be captained by all-rounder Wang Meng and coached by former Indian captain Mamatha Maben of Karnataka and Level II coach Ge Tao of Liaoning. The team will be staying in housing at the new stadium built specially for women’s cricket by the Andhra Cricket Association in Guntur under the presidency of Gokaraju Ganga Raju.

The Andhra Women's Cricket Academy is the first of its kind in India exclusively for women. It has two turf pitches, with a further two turf and one Astro practice wickets and was completed in June 2009 at a cost of US$200,000. 50 local cricketers are already enrolled there for cricket and academic tuition.

Mamatha Maben with Mei Chun Hua and Yu Miao

China’s latest tour of India came about through the offices of another former Indian captain Poornima Rao of the ACA, who felt that China has good potential and did well on their tour of India last year. “We are confident that this tour will help our cricketers to prepare for the tough matches of the Asian Games in November,” says Ge Tao from the team’s training base in Shenyang, “and we are grateful to Andhra Pradesh for hosting us.”

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Filed September 2nd, 2010