Clive Howard, who has replaced Mike Walsh as chairman of the Hong Kong Cricket Association, says getting an international-standard ground for the SAR would be among his top tasks in the next 12 months. Howard, a chief inspector in the Hong Kong police, was elected unopposed last Saturday to fill the shoes of Walsh, who stepped down after a seven-year tenure as HKCA chairman. The new cricket chief said acquiring a ground for Hong Kong's international fixtures would be his immediate goal. 'There are three main areas we have to look at and one of them is getting a new cricket ground for Hong Kong. We have to first identify the areas and then develop it. This is a key issue,' Howard said yesterday. The International Cricket Council, earlier this year, ruled that Hong Kong's grounds did not conform in size to international standards and said the SAR would have to play all their ICC home fixtures abroad until a new venue was found. Thailand cricket officials have said Hong Kong can use grounds in Bangkok as a stop-gap measure. 'Apart from getting a new ground, the other two key issues revolve around support for the national team, and the development of cricket at a junior and grassroots level,' added Howard, a former manager of the Hong Kong team and tournament director of the Hong Kong Sixes. Walsh, who represented Hong Kong in the 1980s, said his move to stand down was taken as he had decided 'it was time to pass on the baton to others'. Walsh will continue in his role as a member of the selection committee - which he has chaired for the past 12 years - and as an umpire. 'I would like to thank all members for their support during the past seven years. I will of course continue to remain active in cricket,' said Walsh. Hong Kong's ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament three-day match against Malaysia has been rescheduled from next month to September.