Asia Cup

Those who ignore racism are bad sports

AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli gestures to Roma supporters after being subjected to racist chants on May 12. Photo: EPA

Picture this. As the visiting team's national anthem is played, a small but vocal minority of the home crowd expresses its discriminatory sentiments with whistling and hostile chanting. During the match, the home fans continually jeer the opposition players, visiting supporters and officials. It gets worse when the home team are defeated and the fans intensify their racial abuse by pelting opposition players and supporters with whatever objects they have at hand.

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Two Hong Kong women cricketers banned for pulling out of Asia Cup squad

Neisha Pratt

Two leading Hong Kong women cricketers have been banned for a year after their "crazy" decision to withdraw from the squad competing at this week's Asian Cricket Council Women's Twenty20 Asia Cup in Guangzhou

24 Oct 2012 - 2:33am

Barkat sees benefit of Sri Lanka experience

New Hong Kong captain Waqas Barkat is delighted with the improvement to his game after a month's stay in Sri Lanka which ends on Tuesday.

Barkat, who will lead the side on a trip to Papua New Guinea in the absence of Jamie Atkinson, has for three weeks played in the highly competitive Sri Lankan Division One under-23 championship, playing for the Chilaw Marians.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

HK drop Ahmed for 'bad attitude'

Left-arm spinner Nadeem Ahmed has been told to 'clean up his act' after being dropped from the Hong Kong national squad.

16 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Stage is set for HK to take on sub-continental giants

For the second time in four years, Hong Kong will walk on the world stage when they take part in the Asia Cup in Karachi next week. It will be an experience to savour, says captain Tabarak Dar.

22 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Security risk scuppers HK build-up

Hong Kong have scrapped their Asia Cup warm-up games in Lahore at the last minute after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) refused to guarantee the safety of the players before the start of the regional showpiece on June 24.

13 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

HK commit to Pakistan tournament

Chance to compete at Asia Cup too good to give up despite recent deadly bomb blasts

Top official Clive Howard promised Hong Kong would take part in the Asia Cup in Pakistan in June, but hoped the security situation in the country would drastically improve by then.

13 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Haider and Gull have inside track in race for HK captaincy

Afzaal Haider and Ilyas Gull have emerged as two of the leading contenders to become Hong Kong's new captain - that is if the selectors aren't tempted to turn back the clock and rely on golden-oldie Rahul Sharma.

16 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

SAR to get big cash bonus in Colombo

The biggest payday for Hong Kong cricket is just around the corner. The US$100,000 promised by the Asian Cricket Council when Hong Kong qualified for the Asia Cup four years ago will be handed over when the SAR make their international one-day debut in Colombo on July 16.

29 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Asia Cup delight for Hong Kong

Hong Kong's much-longed for tryst with the big boys of Asia will finally materialise next March when the postponed Asia Cup is played either in Bangladesh or Sri Lanka. And to prepare for this tournament, plans are afoot for the senior squad to undertake a five-game tour of Colombo in December.

29 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

'Money is no object,' says new ACF chief

Jagmohan Dalmiya says the Asian Cricket Council has deep pockets. And the man in charge of all that money - conservatively estimated to run into tens of millions of US dollars - said yesterday that every effort would be made to help aspiring Asian sides like Hong Kong reach the top grade in the future.

5 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

All-rounder French gets Hong Kong off to flying start

The first Under-19 Youth Asia Cup tournament got off to a rollicking start yesterday.

1 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Territory lead title chase

HONG Kong are involved in a four-way scrap for hockey's AHF Cup after struggling to a 1-0 victory over Macau yesterday at King's Park.

The win put Hong Kong on top of the standings but three other teams have a chance of taking the title after today's final round of matches.

30 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Oman make most of life at the top

Oman moved to the top of the standings in the Asian Hockey Federation Cup after a 2-1 victory over Taiwan yesterday at King's Park.

They have a five-game total of 11 points, two points ahead of Sri Lanka's total from four games.

The seven-team standings are expected to change completely today, with at least four sides still in the championship hunt.

29 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

U-19s fired up for Youth Asia Cup

Hong Kong's juniors tomorrow confront their biggest cricketing test to date when the week-long Youth Asia Cup starts at four venues around the SAR.

The Under-19 squad, led by Roy Lamsam, step out against Papua New Guinea at Kowloon Cricket Club in the first of their three preliminary round-robin matches.

29 Nov 1997 - 12:00am