December 11, 2008


China to make international debut

Will Luke

China will make their debut in international cricket at the adult level at next month's ACC Trophy Challenge in Bangkok, with the spotlight very much on them after an appalling display in the Asian Cricket Council's Under-17 Challenge Cup in Bangkok last month.

Chaina have benefited from considerable funding by both the ACC and ICC, but a woeful display in Thailand raised considerable questions regarding the wisdom of the investments.

China will be in Group B, the weaker of the two which includes Maldives and Thailand. Their first match will be against Iran on January 13

Tournament favourites, Oman, are in Group A with Bhutan, Brunei and Myanmar.

Oman have an interesting playing schedule in the next few months. In January they play the likes of Myanmar and Brunei in the ACC Trophy Challenge and in April will contest the World Cup Qualifiers in South Africa against teams such as Ireland and Scotland.


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Posted by abdullah shamim on (December 19, 2008, 7:19 GMT)

this will be a exiting series where the cricket is exploring all over the world at international level

Posted by Simon Butler on (December 11, 2008, 22:01 GMT)

This will be an interesting tournament to gauge the the third tier of Asian cricket. Oman certainly have shown a great deal of talent, however I haven't seen too much cricket from many of the other teams. As for China I will not be holding my breath for them to do very well at all in group B especially since this is their debut. But it dosen't mean that the funding should stop going to them to help develop the game in China.

Posted by Rich B on (December 11, 2008, 13:11 GMT)

China's group is not really the weakest. Maldives and Thailand are both ok, whereas Oman are the only good team in the other group - Bhutan, Brunei and Myanmar are all terrible.

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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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