News: “Cricket taking root in China”
Sure, it is taking root……. it is in the seed plantation stage, by no means should it is considered to be ready for harvest, perhaps not in the near future either……. I read this article, and the only reason I thought I should post this is because it actually spells out some numbers….. 19 primary schools, 20 middle schools, 20 universities, talent identification and first time trials were for 6416 kids, and 995 of them chose to pick up the game, so about 18%, which is a little higher than the normal (usually, it is around 10% in European countries)…..
Now, China is planning to have 30K players by the end of 2007, so in 15 months……. thats a lot of players, and thats a huge jump from the current 995. I dont know if it is going to be possible, but with there being a certain element of ‘must do’ in trying out the new game, they might just do it, who knows………..
30K should throw up a decent natural talent, and you never know, China may be more competitive than a lot of countries at the U15 level……. but I doubt that will be this year, perhaps in the next……. I see another Myanmar or a Brunei happenning this year…….. well, maybe not Myanmar……. anything is better than Myanmar Cricket team !!
I like the fact that the CCA has started the pilot programs in the cities where there is ‘open mindedness’ and the will to ‘try something new’….. shows that CCA is seriously going after this business…… Perhaps they may want to restrict themselves to 2-3 cities initially, get a lot of kids playing there, because they may be able to make a localized cricket culture that way, before spreading it out……