|2002-03 Season - Top Teams|
The 2002-03 season will be remembered for...|
|2002-03 Season - HKCA Annual Awards|
|The following awards were presented at the HKCA Annual Awards Dinner, held at Kowloon Cricket Club:|
|2002-03 Season - President's Report|
2002 – 2003
Cricket continued to thrive as a sport in Hong Kong during last year in all its many areas and our governance, finances, development, and links with international bodies continue to strengthen a slow and steady manner.
Of particular note was the success of the Hong Kong senior team in the HK Cricket Sixes event and the opening of a new ground at Po Kong Village Road.
The long term underlying challenge that the Association faces is to develop a successful mechanism for retaining and introducing into senior cricket the increasing number of youngsters who are playing the game at school and in our junior teams by virtue of the considerable success of our development programme recognizing that this will involve the identification and development of new grounds the better use of existing facilities which are available to us and the development of alternative strategies such as indoor cricket.
Hong Kong participated in many international tournaments staged locally and overseas during the year with mixed success. In respect of the U15 tournaments we took the opportunity to introduce a number of U13 cricketers for experience and this impacted overall competitiveness. However, the unusual differences in physical build up among the players were also noted by ACC, and as a result ACC is going to introduce a new weight-and-height formula in the coming youth competitions with a view to eliminate any abnormalities.
HONG KONG CRICKET SIXES
The Hong Kong Cricket Sixes event was successfully staged at the Kowloon Cricket Club in November with teams from England, South Africa, India, Australia, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, and Hong Kong. The continuing support from Cathay Pacific Airways and Standard Chartered Bank ensures the event is now a permanent fixture on the Hong Kong cricket calendar.
Pakistan successfully defended their championship title by beating England in the Final, and Hong Kong did magnificently in winning the Plate competition.
A good many individuals and organizations especially K.C.C. gave tremendous support and on behalf of the association I would like to record our thanks and appreciation.
GROUND AND FACILITIES
The Association is petitioning the Lands Department to extend the lease of Po Kong Village Road beyond 2004.
COACHING CENTRES AND SCHOOLS VISITS
There had been several important staff changes during the year. Mr Rahuman Farcy retired after 9 years of excellent service and on behalf of all our members we extend our thanks and best wishes to him for a happy retirement. His position has been filled by a Sports Development Executive who will mainly assist development of cricket. Tabarak Dar has been assigned to assist the National Coach Coordinator to train Junior National Teams on a regular basis following his attendance of an I.C.C. course in Pakistan specially designed for National Coaches. Danny Lai, Simone Kwan, Ron Brierly, Lal Jayasinghe, Charly Lam and the other coaching staff continue to provide a strong team to support the work of the Association whose thanks I must record for all their hard work and continuing dedication to the cause of cricket in Hong Kong.
|Thank You to Sponsors & Supporters|
The HKCA would like to thank all the sponsors and supporters for their contributions to Hong Kong Cricket in 2002-03: