Dilscoop pioneer and ex-Australia international Ryan Campbell in Hong Kong side for ICC World Twenty20

Hong Kong Cricket Association also announces squad for the ACC Asia Cup, with Tanwir Afzal to captain both teams

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 January, 2016, 5:43pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 January, 2016, 6:43pm

Former Australian international Ryan Campbell, one of the founding exponents of the famous Dilscoop or scoop shot and who has Hong Kong Chinese heritage, is included in the Hong Kong squad for March’s ICC World Twenty20 in India.

The 43-year-old Kowloon Cricket Club coach has been playing in the domestic league for the past three years and qualifies to play for Hong Kong.

“I’m pretty nervous to be honest,” Campbell said. “I’m there to mentor them as I have done for so long ... It has been a while [since I played international cricket], but if you look at my numbers I think I’m still one of the best batsmen in Hong Kong.”

I’m pretty nervous to be honest. I’m there to mentor them as I have done for so long ... It has been a while [since I played international cricket], but if you look at my numbers I think I’m still one of the best batsmen in Hong Kong
Ryan Campbell

“My grandmother is 100 per cent Chinese and my great grandfather was actually born in Kowloon.

“Going through my family trees it does make me feel a part of this country and especially as my son was born here, I feel very proud to represent Hong Kong.”

Campbell is among a band of players, along with Zimbabwe’s Dougie Marillier, credited with pioneering the scoop shot that has been made famous by Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan.

Hong Kong have announced two 15-man squads for the upcoming ACC Asia Cup qualifiers and the ICC World Twenty20.

With a current world ranking of 12 in the game’s shortest format, the two tournaments present tremendous opportunity to grow the sport on home soil.

The squad will again be captained by Tanwir Afzal with Mark Chapman returning as vice-captain following a successful stint with Auckland in the New Zealand domestic competition. Campbell is not included in the ACC Asia Cup squad.

Coach Simon Cook said Campbell’s first-hand knowledge of the younger players coupled with numbers in domestic cricket made him a vital addition.

“His form in Hong Kong has been good in Premier League and Sunday games for Kowloon Cricket Club, Cook said. “One of the things that we learned about our last WT20 tournament is that having that ability to think clearly in high pressure situations is critical and Ryan’s experience will be an enormous help in that regard.”

One of the things that we learned about our last WT20 tournament is that having that ability to think clearly in high pressure situations is critical and Ryan’s experience will be an enormous help
Simon Cook, Hong Kong coach

Campbell will still continue on in his role as batting coach for the tour and says that a close friend of his provided inspiration for his comeback.

“Brad Hogg is still going around for the Scorchers and I must admit he’s inspired me a bit to say age is a number.”

“It’s going to be an exciting couple of weeks.”

To earn a place in the ACC Asia Cup, Hong Kong must top the qualifying group ahead of fellow competitors Afghanistan, UAE and Oman.

In the ICC World Twenty20, Hong Kong have been drawn with Zimbabwe, Scotland and Afghanistan for a place in the Super 10 stage.

T20 Asia Cup squad

Tanwir Afzal (Pakistan Association, captain)

Mark Chapman (HKCC, vice captain)

Haseeb Amjad (USRC/MCC)

Nadeem Ahmed (LSW)

Tanwir Ahmed (KCC)

James Atkinson (KCC)

Waqas Barkat (KCC)

Christopher Carter (KCC)

Babar Hayat (LSW)

Nizakat Khan (HKCC)

Aizaz Khan (Pakistan Assoc)

Waqas Khan (LSW)

Adil Mehmood (KCC)

Kinchit Shah (KCC)

Ninad Shah (KCC)

Anshuman Rath (HKCC)

ICC World Twenty20 squad

Tanwir Afzal (Pakistan Assoc, captain)

Mark Chapman (HKCC, vice captain)

Haseeb Amjad (USRC/MCC)

Nadeem Ahmed (LSW)

Tanwir Ahmed (KCC)

James Atkinson (KCC)

Waqas Barkat (KCC)

Ryan Campbell (KCC)

Christopher Carter (KCC)

Babar Hayat (LSW)

Nizakat Khan (HKCC)

Aizaz Khan (Pakistan Assoc)

Waqas Khan (LSW)

Kinchit Shah (KCC)

Anshuman Rath (HKCC)