Hong Kong skipper urges to ICC for more attention
Hong Kong were scaring close of a win against India before they were beaten by experience.
Chasing a competitive total of 286 threw by India, Hong Kong blizzardly batted in more than half of their innings; openers Anshuman Rath and Nizakat Khan cumulated 174 run partnership in 34 overs.
Following the gutsy performance, Hong Kong captain Anshuman Rath has urged the International Cricket Council to take Associate cricket more seriously.
Rath said his players showed the cricketing world what they were capable of.
“Today was bittersweet. We proved to the world what we can do, but in saying that, we had India by the horns and should have really finished it off. If we’re being hard on ourselves, which we should be, we should have finished that game off,” he said to ESPNCricinfo.
Rath scored a 97 ball 73 while Nizakat made 92 playing 115 balls.
“We don’t know what the ICC have planned for us. Hopefully this performance helps. The next three-four years will be quiet for us, going into a rebuilding phase, but hopefully the ICC recognize that Associate cricket has got a lot better and we proved that today,” he said.
“With the right backing, they (Afghanistan) started getting better and better, started training a lot harder, and became fully contracted with professionalism coming in. Now they’re pretty much about to top group B. That’s something that lacks in Associates – the exposure to high level of cricket and today we proved we’re capable of it, and a lot of teams are. Look at Scotland at the World Cup qualifiers, they narrowly missed out. We just need that recognition,” the Hong Kong skipper urged.