Budding Chinese cricketers to hone their skills in England
London: Six budding cricketers from China including three women will get state-of-the-art coaching working under experienced British coaches.
According to report published by Chinese news agency Xinhua, these six youngsters, have already shown themselves to be cricketers of outstanding potential.
Their hosts will be a charity called Capital Kids Cricket (CKC), whose dedicated coaches have taught more than a million inner-city children the skills and thrills of the game.
"If these trainees are able to be further developed as cricketers thanks to CKC, it will be a major boost to them, Chinese cricket and, I hope, the game as a whole," said Syed Ashraful Huq, chief executive of the Asian Cricket Council.
Zhang Yufei and Li Jian are both all-rounders with international experience in Bangladesh and Pakistan, while Song Yangyang is a specialist batsman and the current Chinese U-19 captain.
The three women, Huang Zhuo, Zhou Haijie and Yu Miao, have graduated from Shenyang Sports University and have international exposure under their belt.
The charity`s Asian initiative was the brainchild of Shahidul Alam, a former Bangladesh international wicketkeeper who is now CKC`s international development manager.
"Although this work is outside our usual geographical territory, it is a huge privilege to be asked to boost the growth of Chinese cricket," said Haydn Turner, CKC`s founder.