China national cricket team
|Association||Chinese Cricket Association|
|ICC status||Affiliate (2004)|
|ICC region||Asian Cricket Council|
|WCL||n/a (regional tournaments)|
| China v. Iran
(Chiang Mai, Thailand; 13 January 2009)
|As of 4 September 2015|
The China national cricket team is the team that represents the People's Republic of China in international cricket. The team is organised by the Chinese Cricket Association, which became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2004. China did not make its debut in international cricket until the 2009 ACC Trophy Challenge, although the Shanghai Cricket Club had previously acted as a de facto national side, from 1866 playing interport matches against international teams. China has since participated in several other Asian Cricket Council (ACC) tournaments, as well as at the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games cricket events. Hong Kong (a Special Administrative Region of China) and Taiwan (claimed as China's 23rd province) both field separate teams in international cricket.
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 coming 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
- The following list contains the final 15 players in China's squad for the 2014 Asian Games:
- Jiang Shuyao (c)
- Hu Gaofeng
- Zhao Gaosheng (wk)
- Tian Haiyang (wk)
- Li Jian
- Andrew Tsai
- Wang Jing
- Sun Lei
- Han Minjian
- Qing Peng
- Zhang Peng
- Zhong Wenyi
- Song Yangyang
- Ge Yongsheng
- Zhang Yufei
- Yang Yusong
- Andrea Guttag
- Henry Gerrish