Hong Kong cricket captain Jamie Atkinson passed fit for T20 games

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 September, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 September, 2013, 10:42pm

Fears that Hong Kong captain Jamie Atkinson would be sidelined for next month's crucial preparations for the ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers were allayed yesterday.

Doctors said Atkinson hadn't fractured his left thumb while keeping wicket in his first English County Championship game for Warwickshire last week.

Atkinson sustained a bad knock to his left hand during his debut appearance as Warwickshire defeated Surrey, raising fears he had broken the same thumb he fractured in July of this year.

The 23-year-old has been drafted into the Warwickshire team for the remaining games of the county season after both the county's wicketkeepers were injured.

"Fortunately I got good news from the specialist that I have not broken my left thumb again. I agitated my old fracture which caused the damage," Atkinson said.

"I was keeping in the first innings that Surrey batted and the ball struck me on the end of the left thumb."

Hong Kong will go on a week-long tour of New South Wales, Australia in October, in preparation for the ICC World Twenty20 qualification tournament in Dubai in November.

Six teams from that 16-team event will qualify for next year's ICC World Twenty20 Cup in Bangladesh.

"The Warwickshire physio, who knows about the tours to Sydney and Dubai, has said I will be fit for those as my thumb only requires a couple weeks of rest to be alright again. I would have batted if required to do so, but I wasn't needed," said Atkinson.

Despite his big break on the English county scene, Atkinson is unsure of his chances of holding down a regular spot for Warwickshire .

"I got the chance to play for them as their other two keepers were injured. I performed well in the local Birmingham league this summer and they knew about me from a trial I had with them in December last year," Atkinson said.

"With regard to next season, my movements are still up in the air. I'm unsure of where I will be but the stint I have had with Warwickshire is a good addition to the CV when trying to get games for county sides in the future.

"It was also a very useful insight into the life of a professional cricketer and their approach which I can take back to Hong Kong and [use to] help us with our preparation for our World Cup qualifiers in the coming months."