July 20, 2006

China

China expansion put into perspective

Martin Williamson

Much has been written of late about the progress of China in cricket, and this week the People's Daily reports that the growth will see the game introduced into more schools in the coming year.

But amid all the euphoria/concern at the news - and which one depends on your view of China's growing involvment in a variety of sports - a note of caution was sounded by Asian Cricket Council (ACC) development officer Rumesh Ratnayake.

"On a scale of one to 100, Australia are maybe a 98, Sri Lanka a 95. Here we're talking a three or a four."

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Posted by Clancy on (July 21, 2006, 2:30 GMT)

It would be rather strange to see a China XI team playing Australia at Beijing Sports Ground,

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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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