Hong Kong national cricket team

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Hong Kong
Hong Kong Cricket Association logo
Hong Kong Cricket Association logo
ICC membership granted 1969
ICC member status Associate member with ODI and T20I status
ICC development region Asia
World Cricket League division One
Captain Jamie Atkinson
Coach Charlie Burke
First recorded match 1866 v Shanghai
One Day Internationals
ODI matches played 8
ODI wins/losses 0/8
Twenty20 Internationals
Twenty20 Internationals played 8
Twenty20 International wins/losses 5/3
First class cricket
First class matches played 2
First class wins/losses 0/1
List A cricket
List A matches played 9
List A wins/losses 1/8
ICC World Cup Qualifier
Appearances 7 (First in 1982)
Best result 3rd place, 2014
ICC World Twenty20
Appearances 1 (First in 2014)
Best result First round, 2014
As of 26 July 2015

The Hong Kong cricket team represents Hong Kong in international cricket. It played its first match in 1866[1] and has been an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1969.[2]

Hong Kong played its first One Day Internationals in the 2004 Asia Cup,[3] and in January 2014 was granted ODI status until 2018, as a result of finishing third in the 2014 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.[4] The team gained Twenty20 International status in November 2013, as a result of qualifying for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20.[5]

Hong Kong has played in every World Cup Qualifier tournament, with the exceptions of the 1979 and 2005 events.[6] It has also taken part in two ICC Intercontinental Cup tournaments, in 2005[7] and in 2015–17.

As of 26 July 2015, Hong Kong is ranked 15th in the world by the ICC, the third highest-ranked Asian non-Test nation. It is ranked 11th in Twenty20 Internationals.[8]


Early years[edit]

The sport was introduced to Hong Kong by the British, with the first recorded game taking place in 1841, and the Hong Kong Cricket Club being founded ten years later. The Cricket Club played a number of Interport matches against sides on the Chinese mainland, the first taking place against Shanghai in 1866, and in 1890 played Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) for the first time.[1]

1892 saw disaster when the SS Bokhara, which was carrying the team back from Shanghai, sank in a typhoon with the loss of 125 lives. There were only 23 survivors, which included only 2 of the 13 team members. The other 11 members of the team were lost, including Surrey cricketer John Dunn.[9]

1948 saw the last game against Shanghai.[1] After the communist revolution in 1949, no more games were possible in China.[9] Jack Chegwyn led the first international team to Hong Kong in 1952, and the first tour by an MCC team was in 1966.[1] The MCC, captained by Mike Smith played one match against the national side, winning by 74 runs.[10] In 1969 the Hong Kong Cricket Association became an associate member of the International Cricket Council, cricket's global ruling body.[2]

ICC membership[edit]

The year after gaining ICC membership, the Hong Kong national side played against an MCC side captained by Tony Lewis, drawing the game,[11] but it was not until the 1982 ICC Trophy when the Hong Kong team next played.[1] At that tournament the Hong Kong team, which featured future England Test cricketer Dermot Reeve, failed to progress beyond the first round.[12]

Hong Kong took part in the following three ICC Trophy tournaments, again failing to progress beyond the first round in 1986,[13] reaching the plate competition in 1990[14] and the second round in 1994.[15] They then played in the first ACC Trophy in 1996,[1] failing to progress beyond the first round after finishing third to Bangladesh and Fiji.[16]

In 1997, Hong Kong returned to Chinese control and the year also saw Hong Kong record their best finish in the ICC Trophy, finishing in eighth place.[17] They played in the ACC Trophy again in 1998, losing to Malaysia in the semi-finals.[18]

21st century[edit]

2000 - 2009[edit]

In 2000, Hong Kong reached the final of the ACC Trophy,[19] qualifying for the 2002 Asia Cup, which was subsequently moved to 2004.[1] They failed to progress beyond the first round of the 2001 ICC Trophy[20] and lost to the UAE in the semi-finals of the ACC Trophy the following year.[21] Their first taste of One-Day International cricket came in the 2004 Asia Cup,[3] where they lost both first round matches to Bangladesh and Pakistan.[22]

Also in 2004, Hong Kong failed to progress beyond the first round of the ACC Trophy after losing in the group stages to Oman and Bahrain, missing out on qualification for the 2005 ICC Trophy in Ireland.[23] They also reached the final of the ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament, losing to the UAE.[1] Hong Kong played in the Intercontinental Cup for the first time in 2005. They lost to the UAE and drew with Nepal, failing to reach the semi-finals.[7] They finished last in the fast-track nations tournament the same year.[24]

In 2006, Hong Kong again lost to the UAE in the final of the ACC Trophy,[25] and finished fourth in the ACC Premier League.[26] The following year, they travelled to Darwin, Australia to take part in Division Three of the World Cricket League, finishing fifth,[27] relegating them to Division Four for 2008.[28]

In October/November 2007, Hong Kong took part in the inaugural ACC Twenty20 Cup held in Kuwait, where they played in Group B against the UAE, Singapore, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Hong Kong finished 4th in their group and failed to make to the semi-finals stage.

In June 2008, Hong Kong took part in the Asia Cup in Pakistan. They failed to progress beyond the group stage to the Super Four stage, as they lost both of their group A matches against India and Pakistan convincingly.[29]

In October 2008, Hong Kong travelled to Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania to participate in Division Four of the World Cricket League. Hong Kong won four group matches against; Fiji, Italy, Jersey and the hosts but lost twice to Afghanistan in their group match and the Final.[30] Hong Kong's top two finish resulted in their promotion back to Division Three.[31]

2010 - present[edit]

In 2011 they hosted the Division Three and won it defeating Papua New Guinea in the finals to qualify for Division Two to be held in UAE.[32] Then in Division Two they came 4th qualifying as HPP member and for 2014 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand. .[33]

In 2013 UAE hosted the ICC T20 Qualifier where Hong Kong came 6th by beating Papua New Guinea and just enough to qualify for ICC T20 World Cup 2014 held in Bangladesh.

In 2014, New Zealand hosted the ICC 50 over world cup qualifier where Hong Kong came third place despite of not qualifying for 2015 ICC cricket world cup, they still achieved an ODI status with Papua New Guinea.

In March 2014 Hong Kong beat the host Bangladesh in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 by two wickets with two balls remaining but could not make it to the next stage of super 10 having lost the two earlier matches to Afghanistan and Nepal[34]

Tournament history[edit]

ICC World Twenty20[edit]

World Twenty20 record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
South Africa 2007 Did not qualify
England 2009
West Indies Cricket Board 2010
Sri Lanka 2012
Bangladesh 2014 Round 1 15/16 3 1 2 0 0
India 2016
Total 0 Titles 1/5 3 1 2 0 0

ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier[edit]

World Cricket League[edit]

Asia Cup[edit]

ACC Premier League[edit]

ACC Trophy[edit]

ACC Twenty20 Cup[edit]

ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament[edit]

  • 2004/05: Runners-up[1]
  • 2005/06: 5th place[24]
  • 2006/07: 4th place[26]

Asian Games[edit]


Current squad[edit]

The following list contains the players in Hong Kong's squad who played 2013/14 season

Name Age Batting style Bowling style ODI FC Contract Notes
Jamie Atkinson 24 Right-handed n/a 4 7 A
Ankur Sharma 33 Right-handed Off Break 2 - Occasional wicketkeeper
Skhawat Ali 30 Right-handed Right medium - -
Waqas Barkat 25 Right-handed n/a 2 - C
Anshuman Rath 17 Left-handed n/a - -
Mark Ferguson 24 Right-handed n/a - -
Kinchit Shah 19 Left-handed Off Break - -
Babar Hayat 24 Right-handed Right medium - - C
Irfan Ahmed 25 Right-handed Right medium-fast 4 1 A
Roy Lamsam 35 Right-handed Right medium 2 -
Nizakat Khan 23 Right-handed Leg Break 2 - B
Tanwir Afzal 27 Right-handed Right medium 2 - B
Najeeb Amar 43 Left-handed Left-arm orthodox 4 -
Fast Bowler
Aizaz Khan 24 Right-handed Right medium-fast - - C
Ehsan Nawaz 20 Right-handed Right medium-fast 2 -
Haseeb Amjad 27 Right-handed Right medium-fast 2 -
Manjinder Singh 21 Right-handed Right medium-fast - -
Spin Bowler
Nadeem Ahmed 27 Right-handed Left-arm orthodox 5 2 B
Munir Dar 41 Right-handed Left-arm orthodox 5 2
Karan Shah 19 Left-handed Left-arm orthodox - -