Former Australian World Cup winning captain Micheal Clarke all set to play T20 cricket in Hong Kong. Clarke who bid adieu the shortest format of the game after winning the World Cup at Melbourne Cricket Ground has become a buzz in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Cricket Association are delighted to welcome former Australian captain Michael Clarke to be a part of the Hong Kong T20 Blitz with Kowloon Cantons.
Clarke, who played 115 Tests for Australia – 47 as captain, is a major coup for the sport in Hong Kong, according to HKCA CEO Tim Cutler.
“To summarise Michael’s credentials is impossible, he is simply one of the best cricketers of this generation, if not ever,” Cutler said.
“Hong Kong cricket has delivered many firsts recently, however, to have a recent Test Captain who oversaw a famous Ashes whitewash, the 2015 World Cup victory and whom sat atop the world batting rankings a number of times is just incredible.”
“Not only does this vindicate the effort in putting the tournament together it also shows the growth of cricket in East Asia. “
“With over 80,000 participants in China, there is immense potential in East Asia. With Rugby and Soccer both making strategic plays into the nascent Chinese sporting market we look forward to working with the ICC and ACC in growing cricket throughout the region.”
In addition to playing in the Blitz, Clarke has offered to help the development of leadership in the Hong Kong Men’s and Women’s squads.
Director of Cricket Charlie Burke said his knowledge would be invaluable to Hong Kong’s developing squad.
“A key area for our national squads both Men and Women is to grow strong leadership and to have someone such as Michael Clarke to spend some time mentoring and provide input in this key area is very exciting.”
“It’s not every day you get to pick the brains of a former Test and World Cup winning captain that has had a very successful time at the helm.”
“It says a lot about Michael that he wants to help cricket grow in an emerging region and we thank him for reaching out to us.”
Clarke will train with his new teammates on the Friday before the Cantons’ opening game against the Hung Hom JD Jaguars on May 28.