Chinese players train in Pakistan for Asian Games (2)

09:49, April 22, 2010      

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"It's a lifetime opportunity for the Chinese players ... The Chinese players are very disciplined, they follow strict timings and are excellent ambassadors of their country," Rashid said.

"The Asian Games could be a breakthrough for them as, if they perform well, the Chinese government will put in more funds," added Rashid, who played four Tests and 29 one-day internationals for Pakistan.

China is an affiliate member of the Asian Cricket Council and the International Cricket Council (ICC) and won the ICC global development award for the region in 2005.

The ICC sees China as the next big market for cricket and regularly sends coaches and officials there to promote the sport.

One player, 22-year-old Jiang Shuyao, said he was thrilled to meet Miandad and paceman Shoaib Akhtar.

"It is a lifetime experience," said Yao. "I heard a lot about Miandad and today I met him and was all ears when he was giving me tips how to bat. It will help me in the Asian Games.

"Soccer, table tennis and badminton are popular sports in China, but cricket is also coming up big and Asian Games will give us a chance to show our mettle."

Source:China Daily

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