The Hong Kong team will take on the field against India in the Asia Cup on Wednesday. The journey till here has been very difficult for the Hong Kong team.
Hong Kong captain Nizakat Khan runs the club
Image Credit source: Cricket Hong Kong twitter
New Delhi. In the Asia Cup 2022, the Indian team will face Hong Kong in their second match. The Hong Kong team has dominated the whole world since 2018. In fact, in the 2018 Asia Cup, Hong Kong made India sweat. At that time the condition of Hong Kong players was also not very good. Most of the players used to earn from other means. Some earn from coaching and some from teaching. Even some cricketers had left the team to earn money.
The captain runs the club
Nizakat Khan, who led the team in this tournament, was also a part of the 2018 team. He also played an innings of 92 runs against India. Nizakat also expressed his pain in an interview given in 2018. He had said that the players are struggling to earn. Hong Kong captain Nizakat runs the Hong Kong Cricket Club. There are around 500 children in their club aged 8 to 19 years. Players like Kichint Shah, Anurag Kapoor, Anshuman Rath have come out of his own club. Hong Kong is one of the most expensive places in the world. In such a situation, it is not easy to run a family there. Nizakat also gives coaching along with playing. Earlier, he used to work for 2 hours on Wednesday and 4 and a half hours on Saturday, but even then he was not able to run the family properly. In such a situation, at one time he started looking for other ways for his earning.
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Players left the team
It is not easy at all for Hong Kong cricketers to reach here. The Hong Kong Sports Institute also stopped his funding, because he said that if cricket is not a part of the Asian Games, then he cannot fund. Hong Kong has also suffered many setbacks due to the cricketers struggling to fill their stomachs. Many good players left cricket, even left the side of the team, which weakened the team. A few years ago, Jamie Atixon chose teaching as a career to earn money. At the same time, Chris Carter also left cricket and team and went to become a pilot.
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