Japanese wicket-keeper/batsman Tatsuro Chino may be small in stature but he is making a big splash in EAP cricket circles.

The talented Chino has been selected in the EAP squad for the 2007 Australian Country Cricket Championships, and through the support of Cricket Victoria's partnership with the Japan Cricket Association, is spending an Australian summer playing with Balwyn CC in the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association.

In addition to his playing activities Chino also stepped out on Tuesday 28 November to help Cricket Australia launch a new school resource titled 'CricKids Playing in Harmony'.

Tackling social and community issues such as bullying, racism, prejudice, leadership and fair play, as well as curriculum subjects such as English, Art and Information Technology using cricket as a basis, the resource aims to reach 70,000 students and teachers over the next 12 months.

The resource launch, held at Melbourne's Federation Square, saw hundreds of students take part in cricket activities with Chino providing encouragement and advice throughout the day.

Chino is also spending time coaching junior players at Balwyn CC while in Melbourne, and is scheduled to travel to Fiji in late January to assist the Japan team in the EAP Under 15 Cricket 8s.

A conversation with Chino will leave you in no doubt about as to where this impressive young man is heading... as far and wide as his cricket journey will take him!