South China Morning Post – If you had told Simon Ashmore 20 years ago that he would someday form a cricket team in Beijing, the then eight-year-old schoolboy in England would have suggested, very politely, that you were out of your mind.

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  • If you had told Simon Ashmore 20 years ago that he would someday form a cricket team in Beijing, the then eight-year-old schoolboy in England would have suggested, very politely, that you were out of your mind.
  • MCC targets China growth as they make Hong Kong Sixes debut, with four test teams signing upWhen he first came to Beijing with his wife in 2015 – knowing hardly anyone else in the megacity – cricket’s ability to open various kinds of doors helped him adjust to his new life.
  • While cricket is huge in Australia and New Zealand, as well as in China’s neighbouring countries of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, basketball reigns supreme in China.
  • “Traditionally in the UK and New Zealand, Australia and India, where people play cricket, the sport is played in the cities where cricket has been played for over 150 years,” he said.
  • Although his team’s roster has yet to include any Chinese players, Ashmore said he was optimistic about cricket’s future in China.


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