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24-Nov-2015 05:38:00 GMT
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Hong Kong to Host ODI Matches Against Scotland in January 2016

Dubai: The first ever ODIs will be played on Chinese soil next year, when Scotland travel to Hong Kong to play two World Cricket League matches and two T20Is in January, according to South China Morning Post.

There will be a four-day Intercontinental Cup match, which will be the first time first-class cricket takes place on Chinese soil as well.

The ODIs have been scheduled for January 26 and 28, and the two T20s will be played after that. The tour starts off with the four-day match on January 21.

Hong Kong is a city in southeastern China which has been making promising steps in the world of cricket recently – as a result presenting a new frontier in Asian cricket.

The ICC approved the Tin Kwong Road Recreation Ground (also called Mission Road) as an ODI venue, under direction of Match Referee David Boon, and the Hong Kong Cricket board followed the approval by making this happy announcement.

HKCA chief executive Tim Cutler marked the occasion as a historic moment and praised the Leisure and Cultural Services Department for helping to prepare the ground so that it would meet ICC requirements.

After Scotland, the HKCA is hoping to stage matches against the Netherlands and Afghanistan.

Hong Kong was awarded ODI status in October 2014 and are 16th in the ICC Rankings. Scotland are 14th.

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