Rumesh Ratnayake : Country Report China
Visited Shanghai from 11th - 15th September 2003.
Duty Chief, Chinese Cricket Association
5, Tiyuguan Road ,Beijing ,China 100763
Mobile : 13801302628
President, Shanghai Cricket and Rugby Football Club
9C, CVIC Plaza ,819 Nanjing Road West ,Shanghai 200041,
In my preliminary visit to China in September 2002, I met
Mr Scott Brown but could not meet any other officials in the
Ministry of Sports in China . This time however, the situation
was different and we acted on the opportunity to go for the
Sixes and meet various officials at meetings which had been
arranged for our visit, as we realised that this would be
a turning point in the development process of cricket.
Scott Brown who is the organising Chairman of the Annual Six
a Side Tournament which is held in Shanghai, invited the Chief
Executive Officer of the ACC, Mr Syed Ashraful Huq and
myself this year to check into the possibility of developing
cricket in China. Since this was the opportunity the ACC was
waiting for, arrangements were made by Mr. Scott Brown at
the request of the CEO to meet with officials of the Sports
Ministry of China, Sir Vivian Richards had been invited as
Guest of Honour for the occasion but could not attend due
to hurricane Isabel causing havoc in the Caribbean at the
time. Mr. Ashraful Huq was asked to give an after-dinner speech
at the official Sixers Dinner, which I am sure caught him
by surprise. He, however, stood up to the challenge and kept
the whole audience spellbound with the brilliance of his off
the cuff speech. The six-a-side tournament is a leisure tournament
which is organised merely for pleasure and is an ideal stepping
stone to promote the game in Shanghai . Cricket is still being
played among the expatriates, mainly British, Australians,
New Zealanders, South Africans, Indians and Pakistanis in
the two main cities of Shanghai and Beijing . Mr. Scott
Brown who is the President of the Shanghai Rugby Football
and Cricket Club was instrumental in arranging the meeting
between the ACC and the Chinese Cricket Association (Mr. Lu
Zhihua ). The capacity and the enthusiasm Mr. Scott
Brown has for cricket needs to be mentioned and should be
made used of to promote the game in China .
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
- One of the main objectives to be in China was to meet the
officials and have a breakthrough in promoting cricket in
- To make China an associate member of ACC and thereafter grant
them membership of the ICC.
- To plan and implement cricket awareness programmes to promote
- To continue the good work done by Mr. Scott Brown and his
associates to help promote the game by providing equipment,
coaching assistance and other help in other technical areas.
- For China to be a fast-track country of the ACC and to achieve
one-day international status in the future.
- Long-term objective is to participate in a World Cup in the
- As China has the potential for mass commercialisation
of the game, it is necessary to attract media sponsorship
in a huge way, as this will bring in investors interested
in promoting the game. This will bring the game to the
masses as well bring in funds vital to develop cricket.
- To allocate grounds with minimum requirements to all major
- To have cricket in the school curriculum and spread it amongst
- To have a General Manager for cricket in Shanghai and employ
a professional for coaching of coaches.
Mr. Scott Brown who is the President of the Shanghai Rugby
Football and Cricket Club was instrumental in arranging the
meeting between the ACC and the Chinese Cricket Association
(Mr. Lu Zhihua ). The capacity and the enthusiasm Mr.
Scott Brown has for cricket needs to be mentioned and should
be made use of to promote the game in China .
- Cricket was first played in China in 1858.
- There is an existing Cricket Association of China, for which
Mr. Lu Zhihua is the Duty Chief.
- All official sports come under the Sports Ministry and cricket
comes under the Small Balls Association which has other sports
like table tennis, squash, tennis & golf etc.
- After the effectiveness of TV coverage around the world
for cricket, China became interested in the game from
1996 as this was the year they saw a lot of Asian countries
benefiting and doing well at this game. This observation
was endorsed by Mr. Lu.
- Shanghai Cricket Sixes acts as the main tournament in promoting
the game in Shanghai and the rest of China .
- Cricket is still being played among the expatriates, mainly
British, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans, Indians
and Pakistanis in the two main cities of Shanghai and Beijing
Since Mr. Danny Lai who is the General Manager of Hong Kong
Cricket Association was invited by the ACC to be the Coordinating
Interpreter since he knew good Mandarin, we went to the ground
on the 14th of September to meet up and discuss matters with
Mr. Lu Zhihua .
Since the matches were in progress at the ground, Mr. Ashraful
Huq decided to go for a luncheon meeting where the following
- Mr. Huq stated that the emergence of Chinese sports
and the physical strength and balance of the Chinese people
can certainly help in enhancing the skills of cricket
and it wouldn't be a surprise if China does well sooner
rather than later.
- To hasten the process of China 's membership of ACC and ICC.
- To invite Mr. Lu along with the Sports Minister of China for
the Hong Kong International Cricket Sixes which will be held
on the 1st and 2nd of November 2003.
- To send a coach to China to promote cricket awareness programmes
in schools in the main cities like Shanghai ,Beijing and Guangzhou
- Discussed having a shortened form of the game such as the
Twenty-Twenty Tournament which has been newly adopted in England
. Mr. Ashraful Huq suggested a25-over game instead as
20 overs was too short a period.
- Mr. Lu showed interest in seeing the Hong Kong Sixes at the
invitation of Mr. Ashraful Huq. Mr. Huq stated that
he will coordinate with Hong Kong and arrange invitations
and protocol for Mr. Lu and the Sports Minister of China,
Mr. Yuan Weimin .
- Mr. Lu said it will take 2 months to have the relevant documents
in order to achieve ACC and ICC membership
Mr. Danny Lai, the General Manager of Hong Kong Cricket Association
was very efficient in his dealings with Mr. Lu. The meetings
went off exceptionally well due to his command of Mandarin,
and his presence is highly recommended for meetings such as
these. We the ACC take this opportunity once
again to thank Mr. Scott Brown and his team in his efforts
to promote the game of cricket in China , even though this
is not their priority and profession. We would also like to
thank Mr. Lu Zhihua for his positive response to our initiative,
and for taking time off to visit us in Shanghai .
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