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The Chinese Cricket Association (CCA) has received cricket equipment worth US$20,000 from the Pakistan Cricket Board as a goodwill gesture to promote cricket in China.
"We badly needed this equipment because the CCA wanted to fulfill the needs of different teams for holding tournaments," Jiang Zhenyuan, a director of cricket with the CCA, told the Asian Cricket Council website.
The equipment - bats, balls, pads, stumps and gloves - will be first distributed to schools across the country and then what is left will be used in national tournaments, the website reported.
The PCB had pitched in last year by appointing Rashid Khan, a former fast bowler, as China's coach. Khan managed the women's side in the recent Asian Cricket Council's women's tournament.
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