Hong Kong misplaced their One-Day Worldwide standing after a poor marketing campaign within the ICC World Cup Qualifiers. Simply 4 months later, they’ve put that disappointment behind to guide a berth within the Asia Cup, starting within the UAE on September 15.Hong Kong beat UAE in an exciting Asia Cup Qualifier remaining on Thursday (September 6) to make it to the event correct. The qualifier began with Hong Kong dropping to Malaysia earlier than they bounced again to defeat Singapore, UAE, Nepal and as soon as once more UAE within the remaining.
”It is an awesome feeling,” Hong Kong captain Anushman Rath advised ICC. “I feel we wished to indicate the world what we are able to do regardless of dropping the ODI standing.”
Rath scored 209 runs at a mean of 41.82 within the event and mentioned beating UAE and Nepal, the 2 ODI nations, reveals the power of their aspect.
“Beating each ODI nations fairly comprehensively on this event, and beating one in every of them twice, simply type of explains how we play our cricket,” he mentioned. “And hopefully, to indicate the remainder of the world that the usual of Affiliate cricket has improved over the past couple of years.”
Rath careworn that his crew hadn’t modified a lot after the loss within the World Cup qualifier, explaining that the disappointing efficiency then was merely right down to the competitors ranges amongst Affiliate Nations.
“We’ve not modified a lot with our squad. Just some modifications, we nonetheless have a younger squad,” he defined. “However it simply goes to indicate how cut-throat Affiliate cricket will be. One unhealthy sport can primarily value you (ODI) standing. But, right here we’re, enjoying in opposition to India and Pakistan in per week’s time.
“So it actually meant loads to the fellows, particularly after going by way of a little bit of a down interval after which we misplaced the ODI standing. It was one thing that the boys wanted simply to reassure ourselves that we are able to carry out at this stage and we are able to do it. All of the onerous work that has gone on this event over the past couple of months actually has paid off. And the boys have proven actually good character particularly after dropping that first sport to Malaysia within the qualifiers.”
First Revealed: September 8, 2018, 1:26 PM IST