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Hong Kong’s squad for Asia Cup has been announced. Here’s a look at the squad and the probable first XI for the contest. 

 

Hong Kong has been clubbed with India and Pakistan in the same group for the starter of the Asia Cup. They will begin their campaign on September 16, against Pakistan. The Indian team, the last one to arrive at the UAE will take on Hong Kong in their first Asia Cup game on September 18. Let’s look at the squads for Hong so far.

Hong Kong’s squad for Asia Cup Qualifiers:

Babar Hayat, Anshuman Rath( Captain), Tanwir Afzal, Nadeem Ahmed, Haroon Arshad, Chris Carter, Aizaz Khan, Ehsan Khan, Nizakat Khan, Waqas Khan, Cameron McAuslan, Scott McKechnie, Ehsan Nawaz, Kinchit Shah, Jhatha Subramanyan. 

Hong Kong’s squad for Asia Cup: 

 Anshuman Rath(c), Aizaz Khan, Babar Hayat, Cameron McAulsan, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Arshad Mohammad, Kinchit Shah, Nadeem Ahmed, Raag Kapur, Scott McKechnie, Tanveer Ahmed, Tanwir Afzal, Waqas Khan, Aftab Hussain

News on the Hong Kong Cricket Team

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Captain of the Hong Kong Cricket Team, Angshuman Rath.

Hong Kong, along with five other teams (Nepal, Oman, Singapore, Malaysia, and UAE) battled out in the 2018 Asia Cup qualifiers for a place in the main contest. They had started off with a defeat against Malaysia in their first qualifiers match. However, Hong Kong never looked back and did not face another defeat and made their way into the Asia Cup after defeating UAE in the final of the Qualifiers. The 20-year-old Anshuman Rath has been named as captain of Hong Kong squad.

As we know, Hong Kong had lost their One-Day International status after a poor campaign in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers. And according to the rules, since Hong Kong have lost their ODI status the matches they play won’t be considered as ODIs. There was significant criticism when some matches at the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe earlier this year were not given ODI status. That led to a confusing mix of classifications for fixtures during the event and included the scenario where the Netherlands, who joined the 16-team ODI rankings after the tournament, was not playing ODIs in the qualifiers. However, the BCCI, along with the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) had placed a request with the ICC. As per which the two matches involving Hong Kong should be officially considered as ODIs. The board has apparently agreed to the terms and entertained the request. Therefore, all matches in the Asia Cup will be One-Day Internationals.

 

Hong Kong’s Probable XI:

 

Player Name

Batsman/Bowler/All-rounder

Anshuman Rath ©

Wicket keeper

Aizaz Khan

All-rounder

Babar Hayat

Batsman

Christopher Carter

Wicket keeper

Ehsan Khan

Bowler

Ehsan Nawaz

Bowler

Nadeem Ahmed

Bowler

Nizakat Khan

All-rounder

Tanveer Ahmed

Bowler

Tanwir Afzal

All-rounder

Waqas Khan

Batsman

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