Michael Clarke to be part of HK T20 Blitz
Hong Kong Cricket Association media release
Hong Kong Cricket Association are delighted to welcome former Australian captain Michael Clarke to be a part of the Hong Kong T20 Blitz with Kowloon Cantons.
Clarke, who played 115 Tests for Australia – 47 as captain, is a major coup for the sport in Hong Kong, according to HKCA CEO Tim Cutler.
“To summarise Michael's credentials is impossible, he is simply one of the best cricketers of this generation, if not ever,” Cutler said.
“Hong Kong cricket has delivered many firsts recently, however to have a recent Test Captain who oversaw a famous Ashes whitewash, the 2015 World Cup victory and whom sat atop the world batting rankings a number of times is just incredible.”
“Not only does this vindicate the effort in putting the tournament together it also shows the growth of cricket in East Asia. “
“With over 80,000 participants in China there is immense potential in East Asia. With Rugby and Soccer both making strategic plays into the nascent Chinese sporting market we look forward to working with the ICC and ACC in growing cricket throughout the region.”
In addition to playing in the Blitz, Clarke has offered to help the development of leadership in the Hong Kong Men's and Women's squads.
Director of Cricket Charlie Burke said his knowledge would be invaluable to Hong Kong's developing squad.
“A key area for our national squads both Men and Women is to grow strong leadership and to have someone such as Michael Clarke to spend some time mentoring and provide input in this key area is very exciting.”
“It's not every day you get to pick the brains of a former Test and World Cup winning captain that has had a very successful time at the helm.”
“It says a lot about Michael that he wants to help cricket grow in an emerging region and we thank him for reaching out to us.”
“I am really excited to be playing with the Kowloon Cantons in the upcoming T20 tournament. While I have never been to Hong Kong before, I have heard so much about what a great place it is for sport, culture and food. I can't wait to meet my team mates and experience the city, while also hopefully contributing to the game of cricket in Hong Kong which I know has been coming on leaps and bounds in recent years.” said Clarke.
Clarke will train with his new teammates on the Friday before the Cantons' opening game against the Hung Hom JD Jaguars on May 28.