China will receive a special grant of more than HK$3 million from the International Cricket Council and its Asian counterpart to put in place a 10-year plan for the development of the game. ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed, who ends a four-day tour of Beijing and Shanghai today, said the funds were aimed at boosting the development structure of cricket which is still in its infancy, mainland authorities having only supported the game since 2004. 'There's been a very good start in China,' Speed said. 'This is a 10-year project and no one should be under any illusion that results will appear overnight.' The Asian Cricket Council has released US$200,000 from its development fund for China, and this has been matched by the ICC. 'These funds will accelerate cricket's growth in China,' ACC chief executive Syed Ashraful Huq said. 'As with any investment, timing is critical. China has gone from practically no cricket activity one year ago to 51 schools in Beijing and Shanghai playing the game with close to 6,500 participants.' An under-15 schools competition has been held in Beijing this summer and the first inter-universities tournament will be held at Tsinghua University next month. Hong Kong's hopes of playing in the women's World Cup qualifying tournament in Ireland next year were dashed when Pakistan won the second match by 172 runs in Lahore to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Pakistan rattled up an imposing 288 for one at the Gymkhana Club, Urooj Mumtaz leading the way with an unbeaten 100. A disappointing bowling effort was compounded by the concession of 72 extras, including 68 wides. In reply, Hong Kong were bowled out for 116 with skipper Neisha Pratt top-scoring on 52.