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Hong Kong to host first ever ODI match in January

Hong Kong to host first ever ODI match in January
Hong Kong will get a chance to play their first international home game in January 2016.

Hong Kong will create history by hosting its first ever One-Day International match when Scotland arrive to play two World Cricket League games in January 2016.

Scotland will also play Hong Kong in a four-day Intercontinental Cup match, which willmarks the first time a first-class game is to be staged in the country.

As reported by the South China Morning Post, the International Cricket Council has granted ODI status to the Tin Kwong Road Recreation Ground.

Pending confirmation, Hong Kong and Scotland are also scheduled to play two Twenty20 International games. 

The chief executive officer of the Hong Kong Cricket Association (HKCA), Tim Cutler, believes that the development is a unique opportunity to develop cricket in East Asia.

"There is real opportunity here for us to develop a beacon here for cricket in East Asia, whilst assisting the HKCA as it strives to be a leader for emerging cricket nations globally," he said.

"With talk of cricket's inclusion at the Olympics increasing, I think it is critical we do not overlook the opportunity to provide a world-class facility where we could also host women's and under-age World Cup events."

Cutler is also targeting Hong Kong as a neutral venue for Test matches or as an option to host games in various T20 leagues.

“Twenty20 matches (or franchises) from the hugely successful Indian Premier League and Australian Big Bash Leagues are also an option.

"We could even provide a neutral Test venue.

“All of these would generate immense global interest and the potential TV revenue alone makes this a very exciting prospect, along with the obvious exposure for Hong Kong itself." 

Thanking the staff of HKCA for their role in getting ODI status for the Tin Kwong road recreation ground, Cutler assured to ensure proper publicity for the matches to attract crowds.

“The approval of Mission Road is a historic event for Hong Kong cricket and I would like to thank the HKCA staff and volunteers who worked on this project.

“It is fitting that the first nation to play ODI cricket against us here is Scotland.

“The Scots have long proud history in Hong Kong and we have already initiated discussions with various local Scottish community groups to ensure these matches are properly publicised and celebrated.”

The four-day Intercontinental Cup match between Hong Kong and Scotland will take place between 21st and 24th January, whereas the two ODIs will be played on 26th and 28th January.

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