Hong Kong captain Tanwir Afzal aims to continue big-hitting exploits at T20 Asia Cup
All-rounder reflects on his 30 runs in one over against Scotland - equal fourth best ever in the format
Hong Kong cricket captain Tanwir Afzal is hoping his world-stopping batting form against Scotland will continue as he leads the side in the ACC Asia Cup T20 qualifier in Bangladesh this month.
Afzal scored 30 runs in one over against Scotland on Sunday, though it wasn’t enough for Hong Kong to win the match as the tourists strolled home by 37 runs. He also hit a 22-ball half-century – a record for a Hong Kong batsman – as his team tried to overhaul a target of 161.
His effort was one of the highlights for Hong Kong in the Braidwood Cup series against Scotland, in which the home side won two (one-day international and T20) and lost one (T20).
Watch Tanwir’s 30-run over below
“Honestly I didn’t know that I hit 30 runs in an over at that time but at the same time I calculated we needed about 70 runs in four overs so I just tried to hit every single ball hard,” said Afzal.
“I wish I could score 40 runs in the last three overs. But after knowing what I’d done it was a proud moment for me and I hope that I can carry this confidence for upcoming tournaments.
“Obviously to see this making news worldwide is great for Hong Kong cricket. I was really pleased to be playing in front of my home crowd. I must say thanks to the people who came to the ground to support us and it’s really good for Hong Kong cricket’s exposure at local level. I hope we can host more series like this.”
Hong Kong face a tough Asia Cup qualifier against Oman, United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan, with the winners going on to the finals against test powers Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Soon after the Asian event, Hong Kong take part in the ICC World T20 tournament in India in March.
Hong Kong face Oman in their first Asia Cup match, having lost 2-1 to the Gulf country in a series late last year.
“I’m very pleased with the first-ever win at home and credit goes to whole team, they’ve done really well,” added Tanwir. “I know the coaches have done a great job in the past few years and we have trained with them regularly and the hard work has paid off.
“We need to carry this form forward and keep working hard with the coaches. We need to bring consistency as a team and as individuals, that’s our benchmark. We need to understand our roles in the team.
“I’m hoping for good results in the Asia Cup qualifier. In T20, any team can turn up on the day and win, so I hope we are up there to fight against any side.”