China to make international debut
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.
Will Luke is assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo