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Cricket Hong Kong is excited to announce the return of International Cricket to Hong Kong Shores, with the HK International T20I Series announced for March 2023!
The Men’s teams from Malaysia, Kuwait and Bahrain will all visit Hong Kong for a T20I Quadrangular Series from 8th to 12th March, with all games played at the Tin Kwong Road Recreation Ground!
Burji Shroff, chairperson of Cricket Hong Kong, China, said “We at Cricket Hong Kong, China are proud to welcome our friends from Malaysia, Kuwait and Bahrain to Hong Kong for this historic tournament and bringing back international cricket to Hong Kong”
“It is great to be able to play at home in front of our fans after all this time” said Nizakat Khan, captain of the HK Men’s Team. “Many of the youngsters have not had a chance of representing Hong Kong in Hong Kong, so we are excited at this opportunity and looking forward to the games!”
Ravi Nagdev, Head of Cricket Operations of Cricket Hong Kong, China, stated “These are the first T20Is our Men’s team have played since they faced India and Pakistan in the Asia Cup, so it is a great opportunity for them to show how far they’ve come as a side! This is also a historic tournament as these will be the first international cricket matches in Hong Kong since 2018. We are keen to see the people of Hong Kong come out and support their Cricket Team.”
Malaysia and Hong Kong have a long history of cricket in the region, while Kuwait came second place in the recent ACC Asia Cup Qualifier held in Oman in August 2022. Kuwait beat UAE and Singapore but lost to Hong Kong who gained their place in the Asia Cup.
Sajid Ashraf, Director General of Kuwait Cricket Association said ,”We are excited to visit Hong Kong and resume our rivalry with the Hong Kong team. Tournament like these will strengthen the corporation between Associate Nations.”
Dinesh Muthuraman, COO of Malaysia Cricket Association said, “Malaysia and Hong Kong have been competing against each other since 1866, and it was the highlight of our cricket calendars even before the days of the International and Asian Cricket Council organized matches. We look forward to more games between the two teams.”
Gurumurthy Palani, Chief Development Officer of Bahrain Cricket Association said, “Bahrain welcomes the invite and hospitality of Cricket Hong Kong, and we look forward to some very competitive Matches.”
Game 1: Wednesday, 8 March 2023 – Kuwait vs Malaysia (09:30-12:40)
Game 2: Wednesday, 8 March 2023 – Hong Kong, China vs Bahrain (13:40-16:50)
Game 3: Thursday, 9 March 2023 – Malaysia vs Bahrain (09:30-12:40)
Game 4: Thursday, 9 March 2023 – Kuwait vs Hong Kong, China (13:40-16:50)
Game 5: Saturday, 11 March 2023 – Bahrain vs Kuwait (09:30-12:40)
Game 6: Saturday, 11 March 202 – Hong Kong, China vs Malaysia (13:40-16:50)
Final: Sunday, 12 March 2023 – TBC vs TBC (13:40-16:50)
All games will be live broadcast globally, with details to be confirmed.
This event(s) is subvented by Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau (CSTB) (Arts and Sport Development Fund, ASDF), supported by Leisure and Cultural Services Department of The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.
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