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Hong Kong name Ryan Campbell for World Twenty20

James Atkinson (left) misses out on the selection for Asia Cup qualifiers.
James Atkinson (left) misses out on the selection for Asia Cup qualifiers.
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Former Australian wicket-keeper batsman Ryan Campbell has been selected by Hong Kong for the for the upcoming 2016 World Twenty20 which will be played in India.

Campbell made his international debut for Australia in a One-Day International against New Zealand in January 2002 and played just one more game against Sri Lanka later that year.

With a Hong Kong-Chinese lineage, Campbell has been a part of the Hong Kong domestic side Kowloon Cricket Club as a player-coach since 2012.

Campbell, who is also the current batting coach of the Hong Kong national team stated that he was inspired by the performances of the 44-year-old Australian spinner Brad Hogg.

"I'm there to mentor them as I have done for so long,” said Campbell.

"It has been a while (since I played international cricket), but if you look at my numbers I think I'm still one of the best batsmen in Hong Kong.

“Brad Hogg is still going around for the Scorchers and I must admit he's inspired me a bit to say age is just a number." 

Head coach of Hong Kong, Simon Cook expressed that Campbell's rich experience will be crucial for the team in a high-pressure tournament like the World T20.

"His form in Hong Kong has been good in Premier League and Sunday games for Kowloon Cricket Club," Cook said.

"One of the things that we learned about our last World T20 tournament is that having that ability to think clearly in high pressure situations is critical and Ryan's experience will be an enormous help in that regard." 

Hong Kong have also named the squad for the upcoming Asia Cup where they will first play a qualifying round alongside Afghanistan, Oman and the United Arab Emirates in order to progress to the main event.

Both the squads are captained by Tanwir Afzal with Mark Chapman as his deputy whereas Cambell and James Atkinson have not been selected for the Asia Cup.

The selectors have also picked 19-year-old all-rounder Ninad Shah only for the Asia Cup along with medium-pacer Adil Mehmood.

Hong Kong’s first clash in the World T20 tournament is against Zimbabwe in Nagpur on 8th March whereas the Asia Cup qualifiers get underway on 19th February.

Hong Kong squad for Asia Cup:

Tanwir Afzal (capt), Mark Chapman (vice-capt), Haseeb Amjad, Nadeem Ahmed, Tanwir Ahmed, Waqas Barkat, Christopher Carter, Babar Hayat, Nizakat Khan, Aizaz Khan, Waqas Khan, Adil Mehmood, Kinchit Shah, Ninad Shah, Anshuman Rath.

Hong Kong squad for World Twenty20:

Tanwir Afzal (capt), Mark Chapman (vice-capt), Haseeb Amjad, Nadeem Ahmed, Tanwir Ahmed, James Atkinson, Waqas Barkat, Ryan Campbell, Christopher Carter, Babar Hayat, Nizakat Khan, Aizaz Khan, Waqas Khan, Kinchit Shah, Anshuman Rath.

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