Dubai, August 31: India will face Hong Kong in the Asia Cup today. Hong Kong entered the main event by winning the Asia Cup qualifiers. In 2018 also it qualified for the Asia Cup. Hong Kong has also made a difference in cricket. It defeated Bangladesh in 2014 and Afghanistan in 2018.
Hong Kong captain now playing Ranji Trophy in India
The Hong Kong team is full of players of India and Pakistan origin. A former Hong Kong captain now playing a Ranji Trophy match against Odisha in India. He said goodbye to the Hong Kong team to play for India. His name is Anshuman Rath. He was the captain of Hong Kong. His role in the team was that of a wicket-keeper batsman. He is Hong Kong’s highest run-scorer in ODIs. He scored an unbeaten 143 against Papua New Guinea in 2017. 2016 Anshuman scored 97 against Scoland. But after 2018 he stopped playing Hong Kong. Anshuman Rath has played one Ranji match from Odisha in which he has scored 34 and 14 runs. In 2021, he was selected in the Odisha squad for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
cricket in hong kong
Hong Kong is the world’s major trading center and port. It was formerly a colony of Britain. The British promoted cricket here. It played its first cricket match in 1886. Hong Kong’s system changed in 1997. Britain handed it over to China. But Britain had placed a condition in front of China that it would have to accept Hong Kong under the ‘one country two system’. Apart from this, there was an agreement to maintain personal liberty, political freedom and economic freedom for 50 years. But after coming under China, the right of political protest in Hong Kong has been abolished. The game of cricket continued in Hong Kong even in the midst of political turmoil. Although Hong Kong is an autonomous region of China, it participates in cricket competitions as an independent country. Hong Kong is currently an associate member of the ICC.
Players of Indian and Pakistani Origin
Anshuman Rath played ODIs for Hong Kong from 2014 to 2018, scoring a total of 828 runs. This is the best performance by a Hong Kong player in ODIs. After Anshuman left Hong Kong, Babar Hayat, Nizakat Khan and Kinchit Shah are now considered to be strong batters there. All three can play in the match against India. Babar Hayat has scored T20 century in 2016. Due to being a very big economic center of the world, many people from India and Pakistan came here for business. People from outside gave a lot of strength to cricket in Hong Kong. Ryan Campbell, who played ODI cricket from Australia, also represented Hong Kong. Barring Scott McKennie, all players in the current Hong Kong team are either of Indian origin or of Pakistani origin.
Hong Kong had covered Bangladesh at 208
Hong Kong created a sensation by defeating Bangladesh in 2014. The 2014 T20 World Cup was played in Bangladesh. In the first round of Group A, a match was played between Bangladesh and Hong Kong in Chittagong. Bangladesh team batted first. But she could not even play the full 20 overs. His bundle was tied for 108 runs in 16.3 overs. Hong Kong bowled amazingly. Spinner Nadeem Ahmed took 4 wickets for 21 runs in 3.3 overs. Spin all-rounder Nizakat Khan took 3 wickets for 19 runs in 4 overs. Tanveer Afzal got 2 wickets. Shakibul Hasan scored the highest 34 runs for Bangladesh. Four players were out for zero.
Hong Kong’s memorable win
The score was low, yet Bangladesh gave a strong fight. Shakibul Hasan bowled brilliantly after showing his hand in batting. He conceded just 9 runs in 4 overs and took three wickets. Hong Kong’s 5 wickets had fallen on the score of 50. The match could have gone any way. But Nizakat Khan and Munir Dar took over the innings. When Munir Dar was dismissed as the seventh wicket, Hong Kong’s score was 100 for 7 wickets. But the eighth wicket also fell on the same score. Then Haseeb Ahmed and Nadeem Ahmed gave Hong Kong victory with four balls to spare. Hong Kong defeated Bangladesh by 2 wickets in this exciting match.