China national cricket team
|People's Republic of China|
|ICC membership granted||2004|
|ICC member status||Affiliate member|
|ICC development region||Asia|
|World Cricket League division||N/A|
|First recorded match||13 January 2009 v Iran at Gymkhana, Chiang Mai, Thailand|
|As of July 18, 2014|
The Chinese cricket team is the team that represents the People's Republic of China in international cricket. The Chinese Cricket Association became an International Cricket Council affiliate member in 2004.
The Special administrative region of Hong Kong is a member of the ICC in their own right, becoming an ICC associate member in 1969. Hence, players from Hong Kong are not eligible to represent China in international competition.
Between 1858 and 1948, the Shanghai Cricket Club, the largest club in the country, played games against many touring sides, but it was not recognised as an official national team.
Since September 2005, the Chinese Cricket Association has conducted eight coaching/umpiring training courses with assistance from the Asian Cricket Council. The sport is now played in nine cities in China, namely Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, Dalian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Tianjin and Jinan. More than 150 schools have been involved.
China took part in the 2009 ACC Trophy Challenge, their first appearance in a representative tournament. The Chinese lost all of their group matches, including against the Maldives where they lost by 315 runs. In the seventh place playoff China recorded their first ever international win when they beat Myanmar by 118 runs.
China took part in the 2014 ACC Twenty20 Cup in the United Arab Emirates. The team lost their first game against Afghanistan by 9 wickets after being bowled out for just 37. China lost all five of their groups games by wide margins, including a record low total and record margin of defeat in a representative Twenty20 match when they lost to the United Arab Emirates by 209 runs after conceding 236 runs during the UAE's innings and then in reply were bowled out for 27 runs, with 15 of those runs coming in extras. They lost to Bahrain in the eleventh place playoff, thus finishing the tournament in twelfth and last place.
Chinese Cricket Association aims
The Chinese Cricket Association has set itself ambitious goals over the next 11 years. These are:
- 2009: Have 720 teams across the country in a well-organised structure
- 2015: Have 20,000 players and 2,000 coaches
- 2019: Qualify for the World Cup
- 2020: Gain Test status
ACC Trophy Challenge
ACC Twenty20 Cup
- 2009: 12th number place
- 2010: 6th number place (Remain in ACC Trophy Challenge Division)
- The following list contains the final 15 players in China's squad for the 2014 Asian Games:
- Hu Gaofeng
- Zhao Gaosheng (wk)
- Tian Haiyang (wk)
- Li Jian
- Wang Jing
- Sun Lei
- Han Minjian
- Qing Peng
- Zhang Peng
- Jiang Shuyao
- Zhong Wenyi
- Song Yangyang
- Ge Yongsheng
- Zhang Yufei
- Yang Yusong