By: Aashay Chavan
There was one spot up for grabs in the upcoming Asia Cup and on September 4, Hong Kong claimed it after defeating the UAE in the final of the Qualifiers tournament. Hong Kong and five other teams (Malaysia, Oman, Nepal, Singapore, and UAE) were battling it out for the final slot in the Asia Cup, with the five full member nations getting the automatic spots.
Now Hong Kong faces its toughest test: a group stage with the big guns India and Pakistan. Since the top two from each group will make it to the knockout round, it’s not exactly bold to say that the Hong Kong cricket team’s expectations are somewhat subdued.
The ICC has granted ODI status to all of Hong Kong’s matches. As an associate member, Hong Kong is not currently an ODI status holding team, even though it has beaten Nepal, which has ODI status. Hong Kong lost the status last year after losing to Malaysia.
In its best-case scenario, Hong Kong will look to disrupt one of the two favorites in its group.
Hong Kong full squad: Anshuman Rath (C,WK), Aizaz Khan, Babar Hayat, Cameron McAulsan, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Arshand Mohammad, Kinchit Shah, Nadeem Ahmed, Nizakat Khan, Raag Kapur, Scott McKechnie, Tanveer Ahmed, Tanwir Afzal, Waqas Khan, Aftab Hussain
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