November 27, 2009

ACC Twenty20 Cup

China crushed by 209 runs in Twenty20 tie

Martin Williamson

Three of the semi-finalists were decided on the fourth day of the ACC Twenty20 Cup, with the three unbeaten teams - Afghanistan, Oman and UAE - all progressing to the last four.

UAE grabbed the headlines with a 209-run rout of the hapless China side, the biggest margin in a representative Twenty20 match. UAE made 236 for 5 and then bundled out China for 27, 15 of which were extras. In a week Australia’s chief executive claimed the ICC would be better off promoting cricket in China than in some existing Associates, it again highlighted the yawning chasm between the hopes of those running the game and the reality of the side itself.

Afghanistan bowled out Saudi Arabia for 72 to win by nine wickets, but Oman were made to struggle more, even so they beat Malaysia by 35 runs after posting 197 for 5. Nepal’s stop-start tournament continued with a six-wicket win over Qatar.

The closest game was between Hong Kong and Singapore where Singapore scraped home by one wicket off the penultimate ball.

The individual performance of the round came from Kuwait’s Khalid Butt who smashed 142 off 53 deliveries, including ten sixes, in his team’s nine-wicket win over Bahrain.

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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Posted by Vikram Maingi on (December 8, 2009, 7:26 GMT)

China needs to restart playing Cricket by entering WCL at div-8 Level. Despite they are the hosts for next year's Asiad, China shouldn't be allowed a free entry of participation.

Posted by Q on (November 29, 2009, 11:40 GMT)

Nick, in relation to your comment about cricket in China. The term for cricket is 'Ban Qiu', it is not the same as baseball. Infact, the mandarin word for cricket is 'Ban Qiu', it has always existed. Ban meaning a flat board made out of wood, Qiu meaning round ball. Where as baseball is called 'Bang Qiu', Bang meaning a round stick made out wood, Qiu meaning ball. They are two very different words and as a Chinese, I am puzzled to read that you think they are the same (Ban Qiu and Bang Qiu, different word and different sound) when you have been living in China for 4 years. Cat, couple a interesting points on the development of cricket in China from you.

Posted by 1234 on (November 29, 2009, 9:22 GMT)

Cicket australa CEO's regarding Chinese cricket is,like Louis said is all about numbers. I love cricket but regarding China I would say they are way bad than any of the domestic cricket teams. If another Asian team wants to reach the ellite level, they are the UAE

Posted by nick on (November 29, 2009, 5:31 GMT)

it really isnt surprising to see that china was belted co comprehensively. cricket is not popular in china, irrespective of what certain chief executives may believe, in fact the chinese word for cricket is the same as baseball, and after living here for 4 years, it has become to difficult to explain the difference. team sports do not work in china. it is outrageous to think that the world cup could be hosted in china in a decade. more irresponsible thinking from crickets organisers.

Posted by Arun Menon on (November 29, 2009, 5:11 GMT)

I think with the advent of T20, cricket can spread across the continent.Afghans learned cricket fast after learning from their neighbours Pakistan, and not to discount Nepal, even they can make into international cricket sooner than later. So if a country like Holland becomes a strong cricketing nation, cricket can then spread across Central Europe like Germany,Croatia and Italy easily.I think Cricket is not difficult to learn, its just the skill that makes South Asian find cricket simpler than football and vice versa for European and Brazilian football players. About the scope , Ireland are aiming to attain Test match status!!(after winning 3 IC cup),Netherland have enetered into ECB Pro 40 tournment and Namibia also plays in the regional competition of South Africa.The growth may not be drastic like Afghans but still these leading associates are improving season after season.

Posted by Siddique on (November 29, 2009, 0:04 GMT)

The China focus is a good one, but over the long term. However, the ICC should pursue this line if and only if PROC is willing to support cricket financially. This would include setting up a cricket academy and supporting a full time team with players under year round contracts along with a retinue of professional coaches. if China is willing to do so, it will show they are serious about cricket. In such a case, the ICCs interest will be justified. Otherwise they are just panning for fool's gold.

Posted by Cat on (November 28, 2009, 15:39 GMT)

I have been watching China, since their first meeting with the ACC regarding the development of cricket in that country. At first, I believed that they would listen, learn and then thrive, like they have in basketball. However, since watching them over tha past 2 years, I am terribly dissappointed in the fact that they simply "do not listen" and think that they know best. Sadly, they think they can simply bring fit, fast, young sportspeople into the game and then a few sub-cont coaches will bring them up to the level required to succed. Sorry, no way, this will not and cannot work. They either listen, work wioth those that know and then if they stick to it, they can succeed, but until this happens, they cannot make it in this wonderful game of cricket.

Posted by Adam on (November 28, 2009, 12:11 GMT)

One thing I think is overlooked in this Chinese side, and that is that they are all native Chinese, no migrants from cricket-playing countries. Promoting it widely now will ensure in generations to come there are more "natural" players who have grown up with the game.

Posted by Louis on (November 28, 2009, 5:54 GMT)

Cricket Australia CEO's comments regarding Chinese cricket is all about numbers. Cricket is not exactly the smallest international sport but it can hardly compete with even Rugby for support. Is it realistic to think that cricket can make inroads in stable markets of Europe and North America where soccer, or grid iron/baseball/ice hocky/basket ball domintate? Iff you can answer that question then the ICC will now where to pitch their efforts. Cricket is a difficult game to learn, hence a difficult game to understand, follow and support. So on one side China is attractive because there is scope to make inroads, but there is a facilities and opportunity gap. Ireland, Holland, Tanzania, Namibia, Kenya are all way better that China but what scope is there in those countries to significantly grow the game? I'm not choosing either way, just asking the questions.

Posted by Donald Stevens on (November 28, 2009, 4:12 GMT)

I was stunned to see the Cricket Australia CEO's comments regarding Chinese cricket. It's true that China has excelled at induvidual sports, but not so in any team sports (to date). Soccer is as popular in China as cricket is in South Asia, but their team is still ranked well outside the top 50 in the FIFA World Rankings. Their baseball and softball teams are as bad as this cricket team, their latest nation sporting failure. Clearly, Afghanistan are the most exciting entrant into this sport since Sri Lanka. If another Asian team was to reach the elite level in the foreseeable future, it would be the Afghans.

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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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