Chinese cricketer Ming Li stood at the threshold of history as he became the first Chinese player to be handed over a rookie contract by the KFC T-20 big bash league(BBL) team Sydney Sixers in Australia. The 24 year old leg-spinner commenced playing after looking at YouTube videos of Shane Warne and has now been contracted by Sydney Sixers as a part of the “Cricket Australia Rookie Program”.
The Sixers became the first ever team to sign a Chinese as a community rookie for the club for the summer under Cricket Australia rookie program as their website eminently stated.
Ming Li had been playing cricket for the last ten years and had already represented Hong Kong in cricket during tours to Papua New Guinea followed by selection for the Guangzhou and Incheon Asian games of 2010 and 2014 before the contract had been handed over to him.
He thanked Honk Kong Cricket Association ,Big Bash League and Sydney Sixers for the amazing opportunity to represent a leading club in the league adding that it would edify his cricketing knowledge and skills.
He had become the first Chinese player to play cricket as he represented Hong Kong against the Afghanistan team during 2012 ICC world cup qualifiers and his sister Godiva had also represented Hong Kong women’s cricket team in both the Asian Games.
Hong Kong Cricket Association president Tim Cutler stated that this was a huge moment of success for Hong Kong Cricket and hoped of this being a new and emerging start to a relationship with New South Wales Cricket and Sydney Sixers.
The 5th edition of BBL will be played from next month (December 17). There are 8 teams in the competition.