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Chris Carter relishes call-up for Hong Kong's tour of United Arab Emirates

Wicketkeeper-batsman is looking forward to playing international cricket in round two of the ICC's Intercontinental Cup and World Cricket League Championship

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 November, 2015, 12:27am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 November, 2015, 12:27am

Fresh recruit Chris Carter is hoping he can do his bit to lift the standard of Hong Kong cricket to new levels after being included in the squad to tour United Arab Emirates.

The 15-man Hong Kong side left this week for matches against UAE in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in round two of the ICC's Intercontinental Cup (I-Cup) and World Cricket League Championship (WCLC).

"I'm looking forward to getting an opportunity to play international cricket, but I'm more excited for the opportunity Hong Kong gets to prove itself even further, as one of the world-class cricketing nations," said Carter, a wicketkeeper-batsman who was born in Hong Kong and spent his formative years in the Western Australian city of Perth before returning to the city last year.

It's great to see the young cricketers like Chris Carter getting opportunities to play in these tournaments as they bring a different dynamic to the squad
Tanwir Afzal

"We are going to come up against some good teams, but that just means we have more opportunities to prove our worth."

Hong Kong will also play Nepal, England, Pakistan, Oman and Afghanistan in various formats, including two-day, 50-over and Twenty20 matches in their one-month tour.

The four-day I-Cup match in Dubai is from November 11-14 while the two WCLC matches are on November 16 and 18. Both tournaments provide pathways for associate members like Hong Kong to move into the test and Cricket World Cup arena.

Hong Kong captain Tanwir Afzal said: "We have really focused on our physical conditioning and worked hard on improving our specific fielding skills and roles in the various formats.

"It's great to see the young cricketers like Chris Carter getting opportunities to play in these tournaments as they bring a different dynamic to the squad."