Zhang Peng, Zhao Gaosheng and Wang Jing get the red-carpet treatment in Sydney’s NSW Parliament Building
(Picture: Cricket New South Wales)

Three of China’s best men’s cricketers are going to be playing in New South Wales for six weeks. They are part of the Cricket NSW Mosaic Programs “International Cricket Exchange”. The purpose of the exchange is to engage in mutually beneficial activities with ICC Affiliate and Associate nations.

The three cricketers, Zhang Peng and Zhao Gaosheng from Shanghai and Wang Jing from Taizhou were officially welcomed to Australia by the Minister for Citizenship and Communities the Hon. Victor Dominello MP and the Minister for Sport and Recreation the Hon. Graham Annesley MP, at the NSW Parliament.

In his welcome to the players at the reception, Cricket NSW Chairman Dr. Harry Harinath OAM said “I officially welcome our visiting National Chinese cricketers and thank them and the China Cricket Association, along with the Asian Cricket Council, for being an integral player in this historic engagement. This very meaningful exchange is set to produce long lasting outcomes for all those involved. It provides the Australian Cricket family an opportunity to contribute to the development and growth of cricket on an international scale. Further, through the visiting players, Cricket NSW will be able to showcase to Australians of Chinese heritage that cricket is truly an international game for everyone to enjoy and take part in.”

China’s Zhao Gaosheng appeals for the wicket of Pakistan’s Azeem Ghumman at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou
Cricket NSW Emerging Markets Leader and Exchange coordinator, Sam Almaliki said “Cricket NSW is very proud to initiate this exchange, with consideration to the immeasurable results the program will generate for cricket at home and abroad.” A further three Chinese cricketers, from the women’s team, will be in Sydney over the course of the Australian summer and enjoy training and playing opportunities with Grade and Shires clubs. While in Australia the players will also be involved in Cricket NSW community engagement activities.

Asian Cricket Council Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Huq said. “There’s no doubt this is a terrific opportunity for these young Chinese men and women. They’re going to learn tough, competitive cricket and the rewards will be seen on the field when they play for China and their own teams back home. They’re not just fine cricketers, they’re fine ambassadors for China and cricketing values. We know there’s an ‘Australian way’ which leads to cricketing success, I hope that we will soon hear of a ‘Chinese way’ too and thanks to this enterprising initiative by New South Wales, with the financial support of Samuel Yang & Company, facilitated by Brian Freedman and Ross Turner,  China’s success becomes increasingly more likely.”

Cricket New South Wales’s initiative follows that of England’s Capital Kids Cricket earlier this year.

China Cricket Profile

Filed September 24th, 2012