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Courtney Kruger – number one super guy

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What is Hong Kong famous for?

- A dense population (not in the remedial class at your local comp way)

- Not being British anymore

- Every schoolboy's favourite racecourse - Sha Tin

- Lending its name to the greatest ever cartoon character 

- Cricket???

No not really but Pakistan are playing an one-day international today which is not the biggest shock as they seem to play an one-day international most days.

But it wasn't Mahendra Dhoni and co striding out at the National Stadium in Karachi or Kumar Sangakarra and his mates.

No it was the team ranked 27th in the world - Hong Kong.

They say there are no easy games in international football but there are plenty in international cricket especially against HK.

The six-team Asia Cup, also featuring the UAE as well as the four Asian Test nations, is on a par with the Derbyshire and Leicestershire under-17 Tepak Sakraw Championship on the sporting calendar.

It's so insignificant not even Sky are showing it.

As 95% of Hong Kong's population are of Chinese descent, the majority of whom are Cantonese, you would expect the team sheet to include the likes of Li, Wong, Cheung and Yeung.

Instead we have Afzaal Haider, Tabarak Dar, KH Butt, Najeeb Amar, Skhawat Ali, Zain Abbas, Nadeem Ahmed, Irfan Ahmed and Munir Dar - all born in Pakistan - plus Saffa Courtney Kruger and James Atkinson - oh he is actually from Hong Kong.

Check out the latest from Pakistan v Pakistan ex-pats in what the Americans have already labelled the "Irregular betting patterns bowl - right here!! 

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Cowers has not seen the papers this full of news about a poll since Lech Walesa began that strike in a Gdansk shipyard.

If you only read the Beano or Socalist Worker you wouldn't know that the Professional Cricketers' Association have carried out a poll of 334 players involved in English domestic cricket.

Here are some of the results of their findings and to speed things along we will paraphrase.

- Half of the England team would jack it in for a wheelbarrow full of rupees in the Indian Premier League.

- Nearly half of county pros would jack it in for a wheelbarrow full of rupees in the Indian Cricket League.

- 93% of players believe Test cricket is still king.

- Four in five believe 50-over cricket has a place

- Hardly anybody wants to play in the Pro40.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "The current imbalance between remuneration for Twenty20 cricket and the longer forms of the game does present a very real threat to the existing fabric of the game," according to the report accompanying the PCA poll. Well duh!

TALKING POINT:  50% of the England players said they would consider retiring from international cricket prematurely to play in the Indian Premier League - who were they, come on name names. And what's good to do in Hong Kong.

COMING UP: More domestic Twenty20 action as you would expect - it's on every day.

 

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