Kary Chan to lead Hong Kong in T20 World Cup Asia Qualifiers
Hong Kong Team at East Asia Cup 2019 © Cricket Hong Kong
Cricket Hong Kong has announced a 14-member squad for the ICC T20 World Asia Qualifier, which will be happening in the United Arab Emirates between 18th and 29th November 2021.
Kary Chan will be leading the team in the ICC event. Hong Kong will be making a comeback to international cricket for the first time since the East Asia Cup in 2019.
Chris Pickett, the head coach, said that the players had worked incredibly hard over the last two years. "It’s been a long time since our last international cricket. So, I am incredibly excited to take this squad to the WCQ and see them have a chance to express their skills on the international stage."
"We have a great balance in the squad with plenty of experience, and having Natasha and her experience is only going to add value to the environment.”
While Heiley Lui and Iqra Sahar have earned their maiden Hong Kong call-up, Natasha Miles will be returning to the side as well. Miles, who last played for Hong Kong in 2006, has been playing in county cricket in England. The players who are travelling to Hong Kong to join the squad will undergo a 21-days quarantine.
Cricket Hong Kong General Manager Mark Farmer said that the commitment shown by the squad to make themselves available despite the quarantine and extended time away from work, family and study is incredible. "It gives a glimpse of the passion that our players have for both cricket and representing Hong Kong on the global stage.”
Hong Kong will be competing with Bhutan, Malaysia, UAE, Nepal and Kuwait in the Asia Qualifiers in Dubai, and the team that tops the points table will qualify for the global qualifiers.
Hong Kong Squad for T20 World Cup Asia Qualifiers: Kary Chan (C), Alison Siu, Betty Chan, Emma Lai, Heiley Lui, Iqra Sahar, Lemon Cheung, Maryam Bibi, Mariko Hill, Natasha Miles, Ruchitha Venkatesh, Shanzeen Shahzad, Tammy Chu, Yasmin Daswani