Shandong, the second-most populous province in China, has become the seventh region after Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, Liaoning, Chongqing and Tianjin to officially take up cricket. “The Shandong people are well known for their good physical condition in China. The majority of rugby players are from Shandong,” says ACC Development Officer for China Aminul Islam. With cricket being aligned with rugby in the Multi-ball Games Admninistrative Centre in China, the Chinese Cricket Association (CCA) felt a partnership between both bodies to make use of athletes all-year round would be ideal.

CCA Secretary-General Liu Rongyao, has met with the local education bureau in Shandong and they are very keen to promote cricket in this region. "The local education bureau has said that they would organize the local junior students to learn cricket for promotion and then build for high performance,” says Mr. Rongyao. The ACC and CCA will hold a training course in Shandong, provide a coach for technical support and give equipment as well. National Coach Rashid Khan will be in Shandong in May to work with the teachers and students of about 30 schools.

Filed April 29, 2008