It is only a matter of time before China becomes a dominant team in the sport
China are hoping that they can develop their cricket team enough by the time the 2014 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 comes around.
The government have also announced that helping the team claim a spot in the 2015 ICC World Cup will be a “priority”.
Three cricketers from the People’s Republic of China, which include pace bowler Zhang Peng, teenage off-spin sensation “William” Wang and wicketkeeper “Jason” Zhao, who all spent two months developing their skills in Australia, noted that the government were already doing everything possible to help the national team improve.
Brian Freedman, who was one of the Australians that witnessed the three Chinese cricketers in action, stated that the country had a great future ahead of them in regards to the sport.
The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Freedman as saying: “They’re preparing for a tournament in Malaysia so they are getting exposure. They play 50-over games and T20, but I’m sure they won’t play five-day games in my lifetime.”
Zhang Peng, who initially wanted to be a basketball star, explained how his university coach told him, at the age of 22, that he had the ability to become China’s Brett Lee.
“I have learned to control [the] ball better, the cricket [was] much harder than China. The people at Georges River very friendly,” Zhang said.