28 Apr 2017

Cricket Hong Kong announces Mark Wright as new Director of Cricket

Cricket Hong Kong today announced the appointment of Hong Kong and former MCC cricketer Mark Wright as Director of Cricket following an intensive global search process.  Wright will assume the role in June.

The appointment is a key part of the organisation’s strategy to further accelerate the growth of the sport and drive Cricket Hong Kong’s (CHK) ongoing success on the international stage. 

Mr Rodney Miles, President of CHK, said, “We are fortunate to have a very strong cricket community in Hong Kong and few have done more to drive the development of the sport over the past decade than Mark; as such I am thrilled that he has accepted to take on this role for Cricket Hong Kong.

“With his international cricket expertise as a player, coach and administrator; his local knowledge, and a track record of sports development, Mark was clearly the best candidate amongst a very high quality international field of applicants,” Mr Miles added.

Leveraging his breadth of cricket and sports development expertise, Wright’s role will cover all aspects of the game from international high performance squads through to domestic cricket and grassroots programmes.

Wright is a familiar face in local cricket circles, having been in Hong Kong for ten years after arriving in 2007, including previous stints coaching the national team and at Hong Kong Cricket Club (HKCC), where he has played a fundamental role in the development of cricket and numerous other sports.

In his role as Sports Development Manager at HKCC, Wright leveraged his cricket experience to implement successful development programmes for multiple sports, including rugby, hockey, netball, squash and tennis. 

Wright was also a key driver of the ‘Gappers’ junior cricket programme at HKCC, which has grown into one of the strongest club-run programmes globally.

The Gappers programme has increased the number of people playing cricket locally and produced several players who have gone on to play for Hong Kong, including current stars Anshuman Rath and Mark Chapman.

Another Wright-led initiative at HKCC, where staff were encouraged to try cricket, lead to the discovery of Emma Lai who went on to captain the Hong Kong women’s team.

“The HKCC Gappers youth cricket programme is truly world-class, and Mark has also spearheaded the development of a programme to introduce cricket into local schools, one of the major pillars in our growth strategy, with great success,” said Mr Miles.

 “We are highly ambitious for the growth of the game at all levels. We have new playing and training facilities coming on stream in the year ahead, and are continuously expanding our programmes at both domestic and international level for men, women and youth.

“But there is much more we can do and we look forward to working with Mark to achieve higher levels of sustainable growth domestically and to keep climbing the rankings internationally,” added Mr Miles.

Wright has significant experience working with Hong Kong’s national teams and is currently chairman of the selection committee for the Hong Kong representative squads.

He previously served as player-coach of the men’s national team through a key period in 2013 and 2014 when the team achieved full ODI status on the back of their successful results.  Wright also coached the Hong Kong U19s team in 2015.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at HKCC and am extremely proud of what we’ve achieved at the club. In recent years, I have been fortunate to further extend my knowledge of the local sports market and to learn from other sports to enhance my thinking around cricket development.

“Having been involved with cricket in Hong Kong for many years, I can clearly see the opportunities ahead and I have absolute confidence in the team at Cricket Hong Kong to achieve further success at all levels,” said Wright.

At the international level, Hong Kong is entering a critical period with key men’s tournaments coming up in the next two years.

To provide the best possible support for the continued development of the Hong Kong national squads, Cricket Hong Kong is embarking on an ambitious high performance programme which includes a world class coaching set-up, support from the Hong Kong Sports Institute, new training facilities, overseas placements and providing as many competitive opportunities as can be arranged within available funds, including further development of the T20 Blitz and Hong Kong Cricket Sixes.