May 17, 2008

China

Beijing's multinational cricket club

Martin Williamson

In 2005-06, they were a few men far from home, playing cricket with a tennis ball, often on a basketball court.

The Beijing Cricket Club (BCC) is where Indian and Pakistani expats have found common ground as it quickly grew into four teams that play Shanghai and Hong Kong tournaments.

Every weekend, members hop on to a bus that picks up expats for cricket at the Dulwich College’s new ground. Trophies are stored at Beijing’s oldest sports pub Frank’s Place, the club’s unofficial base.

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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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