China July 20, 2006

China expansion put into perspective

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.

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."

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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  • 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,

  • 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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  • 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,