19 Jun 2018

2018 Men's East Asia Cup


Cricket Hong Kong is proud to announce the dates for the Men’s 2018 East Asia Cup to be hosted here in Hong Kong from 13th-16th September 2018.

Hosts Hong Kong will be joined by China, Japan and a Hong Kong Development XI in the 4 team tournament with matches scheduled at Hong Kong Cricket Club, Kowloon Cricket Club and The Tin Kwong Road Recreation Ground. A full list of fixtures are shown below:

Date  Time Team  Location 
Thursday 13th September 2018 0930am start China vs Hong Kong Development XI Tin Kwong Road Recreation Ground (Mission Road)
Thursday 13th September 2018 1330pm start Japan v Hong Kong Dragons Tin Kwong Road Recreation Ground (Mission Road)
Friday 14th September 2018 0930am start Hong Kong Development XI v Japan Hong Kong Cricket Club
Friday 14th September 2018 1330pm start Hong Kong Dragons v China Hong Kong Cricket Club
Saturday 15th September 2018 0930am start Hong Kong Dragons v Hong Kong Development XI Tin Kwong Road Recreation Ground (Mission Road)
Saturday 15th September 2018 1330pm start Japan v China Tin Kwong Road Recreation Ground (Mission Road)
Sunday 16th September 2018 0930am start 3rd/4th place play-off Kowloon Cricket Club
Sunday 16th September 2018 1330pm start Final Kowloon Cricket Club


The Hong Kong Dragons will commence their preparation for the tournament and the 2018/2019 domestic season at the start of July and this marks the beginning also for the recently appointed Li Kai Ming as captain. Ming takes over from Damien Yee who has captained the squad over the past two seasons and has done an excellent job in harnessing the talent across the squad with whom he had at his disposal. Ming is the Dragons most experienced player, previously being a member of the Asian Games Squad and also he was part of the Sydney Sixers Rookie programme in 2015. Over the last two seasons Ming's Leg spin has put him amongst the leading bowlers in the Sunday Elite Competition".

Hong Kong Dragons Head Coach Chris Pickett is looking forward to the tournament and sees the “bigger picture” in welcoming some of the lesser experienced players into the squad. The player pool at Pickett’s disposal is continuing to grow adding; “There are several that have only been playing the game for a handful of years, thus showing the importance of the initiative to develop role models for the up and coming local talent to aspire to”. 

Japan have several new faces in the squad for this seasons tournament as they are planning for the upcoming ICC World T20 Sub-Regional Qualifiers in December. Team Manager Alan Curr is “confident in the depth of the squad and the tournament itself will offer a fantastic experience to those players who are new to the squad and as yet have not been away as part of the national team”.

China Cricket will also use the tournament to continue to offer opportunities to players within all aspects of their pathway program and for the them the opportunity to visit Hong Kong offers some excellent opportunities to continue the close links between all associations.

Korea Cricket were sadly not able to be a part of the 2018 tournament. The decision to remove cricket from the 2018 Asian Games has had a knock on effect for many of the countries within the Asian region and Korea have particularly suffered with the majority of their funding having been removed. The involvement of the Hong Kong Development Team will provide a temporary replacement for this edition but all four countries remain committed to continuing the prestige of the tournament in the coming years whereby each country takes turns in hosting the event alternating between Men’s and Women’s tournaments.

All matches will be free entry and we look forward to welcoming all those in attendance across the 4 days and the tournament promises to be a fantastic experience for all involved and an excellent chance for players across all teams to showcase the talent within their respective squads.

There are a number of sponsorship opportunities to partner with Cricket Hong Kong during the tournament. All enquiries relating to the event can be made by contacting CHK Director of Cricket Mark Wright at (mark.wright@hkcricket.org).