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Chinese cricketers to play PSL next edition

In a first, Peshawar Zalmi has signed Chinese cricketers Jian Li and Yufie Zhang to play for the third edition of Pakistan Super League in 2019.

Both the cricketers are part of China’s national cricket team.

Since his debut in 2010, Zhang has played ten matches, scoring 159 runs and taking 13 wicket while Li has played ten matches too, taking four wickets so far. Both the players started off playing cricket from school level and played in the 2012 Shangai Cricket Club(SCC) league against domestic level cricketers from major cricketing nations.

Crirket in China is still work in progress.

Since its inception in 2004 as an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council(ICC) in 2004, China has been part of tournaments organized by Asian Cricket Council (ACC). They played in the ACC Trophy Challenge in 2009, 2010 and 2012 season with a highest ranking of 6th position. Recently in 2012, the Beijng Sixes was a success in creating hype about cricket in China.

China emerged winners of the Global Zalmi League.

Consisting of 16 teams of cricket enthusiasts representing their respective countries, the Global

Zalmi League was held last month in Ajman and China Zalmi won the league with a cash prize of dhs 50,000. Participating countries included Canada, Bahrain, USA, Saudi Arabia and much more.

PSL is considering China as a venue for the next edition.

More than cricket, PSL could be the opportunity to improve relations between Pakistan and China. The team from PSL has sent proposals to China for hosting the next edition. Both the countries enjoy good relations since the early ’50s. All the more, China and Pakistan agreed to build an econmic corridor, which will benefit both the countries in terms of infrastructure and economy.

The Pakistan Super League has started and will take place in UAE and Pakistan till March 16. For more information, go to www.pakistansuperleague.com.pk/

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