Sports News / Pakistan’s national junior cricket team is likely to visit China on the invitation of China Cricket Association (CCA) next year, source reported on Tuesday.
The chief coach of Chinese cricket team and former Pakistani allrounder Rashid Khan said CCA was considering to invite Pakistani juniors to China for a bilateral cricket matches series so that their tour might add to the experience of host’s emerging players.
He said that as the Chinese cricket standard was improving and now after getting the possession of cricket stadium in Guangzhou, CAA wanted to stage competitions of international level at home.
The beauty and marvelous structure of the Guangzhou Cricket stadium was appreciated by international foreign players and managers during last year’s Asian Games in which Pakistani team also participated and lost to Afghanistan in the final match.
“Next month we shall discuss the expected tour and workout plan for extending an invitation to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to send their team,” said Khan, adding China is very keen to involve Pakistan in their cricket which will also be good for the public interaction at two sides.
A media official from PCB, demanding anonymity while talking about the expected tour, said that the board was always ready to support the cricket of brotherly nation China.
“Whenever we receive the invitation from China we shall feel happy to send our team with a quick response. Not only for sending a team to China but we are also ready to facilitate CAA for the grooming of their players,” the official said.
According to international sports monitors, cricket has been steadily growing in China as at present they have got a pool of 150-170 well-groomed players and more youngsters are showing interest in the game from school to university level.
A couple of Pakistani senior players have been providing coaching services to Chinese team and seven Chinese players had already attended a two month training session in Karachi last year. / APP