June 26, 2006


China look to become the next big thing

Martin Williamson

If the Chinese Cricket Association's development plans are even half successful, it is only a matter of decades before the cricket world could be looking at the new giants of the game, The Age reports.

The Chinese Cricket Association is hoping that by the end of 2007 China would have 30,000 players, 600 coaches and 600 umpires. Their target is for 150,000 players by 2020.


Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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Posted by JJ on (June 29, 2006, 9:59 GMT)

Just about two days ago, a friend in Malaysia called me about some Chinese officials visited Malaysia to learn more about the game. I think the Chinese is serious about doing something positive about the game, that's nice to hear. I've been playing social games organised by the expats the past 8 years in Shanghai, there are growing numbers of local female supporters and even players playing. The expats are doing a great job introducing the game here. I love to see some "Chinaman Spin",and some technical terms in Chinese shouting around the fields and that's cool!! Can't wait really...

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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