May 22, 2007


Schoolchildren to teach the Chinese

Will Luke

A group of schoolchildren are off to China to teach them cricket, according to a report at the BBC. Nine boys and two girls, aged 13 and 14, from King Edward VII School in King's Lynn will visit the country and also help translate the rules into Mandarin.

The 10-day visit in July is part of the school's twinning scheme with Tsinghua High School in Chongqing.

The school's director of sport, Paul Tebay, said: "I believe we're the first school to do this and we aim to show that young people can teach and learn from each other.

"If the Chinese take cricket seriously and treat it as a priority, I think they will do very well."

And you can read more about the infrastructure China has in 2007's Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.


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Posted by Francis De Silva on (May 22, 2007, 16:39 GMT)

It is very intersting to read your article that a team of young players are coming to Chongqing to introduce cricket in Chongqing, China. In fact I have introduced the game to one vocational school and one university in Chongqing! The students play for fun in both schools that I work with.

I am a level 1 cricket coach accreditted by Cricket Australia. I brought soft ball cricket sets from Australia and Sri Lanka to Chongqing.

I will be very pleased to meet the young players from England when they arrive in Chongqing.

I stay at the Holiday Inn Apartments in Nan Ping and my mobile number is 86 (China) 13983152692 also I can be contacted on my email

By the way, I played division one and two club cricket in Bristol and Districts in mid 70's i played for four seasons with Knowle cricket club in Bristol.

Look forward to your visit and behappy to host the young cricketers for a dinner in Choongqing.

Best regards

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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