The visiting Chinese cricketers being introduced to the press at Lord’s last week

Chinese cricketers are back in London, a year after their first visit, to again play and receive coaching. Their visit this year is far longer than last year’s tour, running for seventeen weeks at the invitation of Capital Kids Cricket and main sponsors Lycamobile. “China is a key centre in the development of international sport and the establishment of cricket there would go far towards guaranteeing its growth throughout the rest of the world,” says Capital Kids Cricket founder Haydn Turner.

Capital Kids Cricket have themselves grown the game in London’s schools since its founding in 1989. Cricket has been restored to the curriculum of more than half inner London's 1,000 state schools and its winning formula has been reproduced in many other cities around the land.

Zhang Yufei, 21-year-old fast bowler (the fastest in China) and middle-order batsman with international experience in Bangladesh and Pakistan, Sun Lei, 22, top order bat and right-arm leg spinner, Song Yangyang, 19, specialist batsman and off spinner/wicketkeeper, Wang Jing, 18, off spin bowler and middle order bat and two young women, Zhang Mei, 25-year-old middle order bat and right arm medium pace bowler, and Yu Miao, 23, opening bat, (“the Javed Miandad of China”, according to China’s coach Rashid Khan) make up the visiting party.

During their 4 month stay in England the Chinese cricketers will:
  • Accompany Capital Kids Cricket coaches on training sessions in London primary and secondary state schools
  • Attend a CKC residential course at Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation in Sussex
  • Take part in the MCC/Capital Kids Cricket Festival on the main ground at Lord's
  • Play senior league cricket with London-based clubs
  • Participate in the CKC Festival of Cricket at Regents Park
  • Be guests of the ICC for the Champions Trophy game between England v Sri Lanka at The Oval on June 17
  • Play at Arundel Castle, Sussex a Friendly game China invitation XI v London Invitation XI on June 20
  • Play London International Sixes on 19-20 August
  • Play as ‘Chinatown CC’ in a midweek league in Victoria Park, London
  • Be hosted by two secondary schools hosting them for trainings and get involved in PE activities
  • Be hosted at University of East London for regular gym sessions at SportsDock campus
“China is an important part of our community and we are proud to be the primary sponsor of this Capital Kids Cricket initiative,’ said Subaskaqran Allirajah, Lycamobile Group chairman. ‘China is still in its early stage of cricket development but it is an honour to welcome that great nation to a sport which is so important to our English heritage.”

“Although this work is outside our usual geographical territory, it is a huge privilege to be asked to boost the growth of Chinese Cricket,” says CKC’s Haydn Turner. “We have undertaken to pay for accommodation and other living expenses for these gifted cricketers in London this summer and help them develop their coaching and playing skills in any way we can.”

The Yang Foundation are also supporting this project.

China: Advancing in Cricket (English, 3 mins)
China Cricket Profile

Filed June 3rd, 2013