Chinese cricketers are training hard in Pakistan ahead of this year’s Asian Games, where they hope to raise the profile of the sport in their home country, their coach said on Tuesday.
Cricket will make its first appearance at the Asian Games in November in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, and the home side has been preparing with help from Pakistan’s former captain and batting master Javed Miandad.
Teams from Test-playing nations Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are expected to take part in the games, competing against hosts China and five other sides in Twenty20 format matches.
“Because of the excellent relationship between the two countries, Chinese players were given a chance by Pakistan and six of the players have got some valuable tips from batting legend Javed Miandad,” China’s Pakistani coach Rashid Khan told AFP.
President Asif Ali Zardari, who is patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), appointed Miandad as cricket ambassador to China last year.
“It’s a lifetime opportunity for the Chinese players... The Chinese players are very disciplined, they follow strict timings and are excellent ambassadors of their country and can be emulated,” Rashid said.