28 Aug 2018

Captaincy Change at Asia Cup Qualifiers for Hong Kong

Babar Hayat has decided to stand down as captain of the Hong Kong Men’s National Team prior to the start of the Asia Cup Qualifiers to be held in Malaysia. Hayat who has led the team with distinction over the last 2-3 years will hand over the reins to Anshuman Rath who was initially appointed Vice Captain for the tournament.


Simon Cook

“Captaining an international team is a tough job, you have to focus on everyone else’s game as well as yours. Babar has led Hong Kong from the front and inspired all the players with his performances since he became captain.

We all respect his decision and thank him for all that he has done over the last 3 years. I personally look forward to watching many more outstanding innings from one of the best batsman that Hong Kong have had”

“Anshuman is no stranger to the role of captain, he has led the side many times during tour games if Babar was not playing so there should be a seamless transition.

He will no doubt bring a different style of leadership to this group of players and I look forward to working with him as a captain during this tournament”


Babar Hayat

“It was too tough decision for me but I think it’s the right time for me to step down as a captain. I have thought about it for a while and for me and my game this is the best decision. I will always be there as a senior player for the team and Anshie, but for now, I just want to focus on my cricket and my performance going forward” 


Anshuman Rath

“It’s an absolute privilege to lead my country. We are all really happy with what Babar has achieved over the last 3 years, not just as a player but as a captain. He has lead this team from the front and we are very proud of what he has achieved as an individual. Although it is sad to see him step down, I am very excited to see what this young group of players can achieve in the upcoming Asia Cup Qualifiers and beyond.”