Hong Kong news January 28, 2016

Hong Kong pick ex-Australia keeper Campbell for WT20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ryan Campbell retired from domestic cricket in Australia in 2006. © Getty Images

Hong Kong have included 43-year-old former Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Ryan Campbell in their squad for the upcoming World Twenty20, which starts from March 8 in India.

Campbell, who has a Hong Kong-Chinese lineage, played two ODIs for Australia in 2002 and has been a part of Hong Kong's domestic set-up since 2012. He is also the national team's current batting coach.

Campbell had moved to the territory in 2012 to take up a role as head coach at the Kowloon Cricket Club, which he also represented as a player. He scored 160 runs in five matches, including two fifties, for Kowloon CC in the Hong Kong Premier League one-day Tournament in September-October last year.

"I'm there to mentor them as I have done for so long," he said. "It has been a while (since I played international cricket), but if you look at my numbers I think I'm still one of the best batsmen in Hong Kong. Brad Hogg is still going around for the Scorchers and I must admit he's inspired me a bit to say age is just a number."

The squad for the World T20 also includes James Atkinson who, like Campbell, does not feature in the 15-member team for the Asia Cup. Medium-pacer Adil Mehmood and 19-year-old allrounder Ninad Shah have been picked for the Asia Cup, where Hong Kong will first have to play a qualifying tournament that starts from February 19. Both squads will be led by Tanwir Afzal.

Hong Kong coach Simon Cook said that Campbell's experience would help Hong Kong deal more clearly with high-pressure situations on the field. "His form in Hong Kong has been good in Premier League and Sunday games for Kowloon Cricket Club," Cook said. "One of the things that we learned about our last World T20 tournament is that having that ability to think clearly in high pressure situations is critical and Ryan's experience will be an enormous help in that regard."

The qualifying tournament for the Asia Cup will be played between February 19 and 22. Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Oman and UAE will play each other to decide the one Associate who will advance to the main draw involving the region's four Full Member teams. Hong Kong will then kick off their World T20 campaign with a first-round match against Zimbabwe in Nagpur on March 8.

Hong Kong squad for Asia Cup: Tanwir Afzal (capt), Mark Chapman (vice-capt), Haseeb Amjad, Nadeem Ahmed, Tanwir Ahmed, Waqas Barkat, Christopher Carter, Babar Hayat, Nizakat Khan, Aizaz Khan, Waqas Khan, Adil Mehmood, Kinchit Shah, Ninad Shah, Anshuman Rath.

Hong Kong squad for World T20: Tanwir Afzal (capt), Mark Chapman (vice-capt), Haseeb Amjad, Nadeem Ahmed, Tanwir Ahmed, James Atkinson, Waqas Barkat, Ryan Campbell, Christopher Carter, Babar Hayat, Nizakat Khan, Aizaz Khan, Waqas Khan, Kinchit Shah, Anshuman Rath.

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  • IndianInnerEdge on January 29, 2016, 4:24 GMT

    Good luck to Ryan, always feel good with such stories, he stuck it out long enough to realise his dream - now for another country but still he has roots and connections and lets praise his committment and spirit....and correct guy to follow in brad hogg-another nice guy you reallyenjoy going about his work, ...Go Ryan...from an indian fan...

  • SirBobJones on January 29, 2016, 2:04 GMT

    Kunwar has a point, and the same applies to all the South Africans and Aussies who have played for England over the years. You can't possibly tell me that an Indian ex-pat would have the same affinity to, and national pride in representing, Hong Kong as a Chinese player who was born there. If they can't get locals into the game, work on the domestic system until it's got enough locals coming through that they can field a decent international team, then let them in. Same goes for other countries too.

  • Nathan Williams on January 28, 2016, 19:19 GMT

    So they picked their batting coach in the squad? Well they did that last WT20 as well with Najeeb so I guess it isn't that strange

  • aveekmitra92 on January 28, 2016, 17:07 GMT

    if a resident of country A is proud to be representing that country rather than trying to represent his country of origin, there should not be any issues....

  • Surfarazerin on January 28, 2016, 16:08 GMT

    Kunwar_deepak that just so childish from u to say that.first of all cricket shouldn't be districted with boundries. Also at least they recognise the talent and give them chance irrespective of country of origin . we should learn from that.

  • mautan on January 28, 2016, 15:25 GMT

    @kunwar...if you take some time to understand you will know that a number of players are born in HK..names dont matter. Same with Canada...it is a immigrant country and will always have immigrants from different nations representing Canada. Get real. Did not a pure Italian lead 1.3 billion Indians because she was deemed Indian? This is just a sport...

  • Umair Malik on January 28, 2016, 15:06 GMT

    so oldest t20i debut on the cards

  • virendra_s on January 28, 2016, 14:19 GMT

    Though most of HK players are Ind Pak almost 8 of them have been born or learnt there game in HK.....they have to start some where to get the local people interested in the game and what better than the world cup....

  • kunwar_deepak1 on January 28, 2016, 13:18 GMT

    When does Hong Kong start to play their own Hong Kong origin players? So many Pakistani migrants, Indian migrants already there in cricket and now an ex-Aussie also who has already represented Australia in international side. Shame on Hong Kong cricket team.

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