Hong Kong is eyeing the top of the table as it prepares to face the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the second round of the ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC) that starts in Dubai on Monday.
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Hong Kong is appearing in the ICC Intercontinental Cup after dramatically securing ODI status for the first time at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014. The one-day competition is a two-year tournament for eight of the leading Associate teams from around the world, and is a pathway to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018.
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Hong Kong currently sits fourth after finishing one-apiece with Namibia in its maiden WCLC clashes in May and claiming two points in the two-match duel. A clean sweep against the UAE could see the side jump all the way to the top of the ladder if it records convincing victories. Vice-captain Mark Chapman, who arrived in Dubai on Saturday, says the team is confident of a strong performance in both ODIs following its crushing victory over the UAE in the recently completed four-day competition, the Intercontinental Cup.
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“I think that the two games will be very competitive. We have a bit of experience playing in the UAE and the boys have put up some strong performances to date on the tour. With such a big win against the same side in the Intercontinental Cup just yesterday, I think the boys will be full of confidence and hungry to continue.”
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With one day of rest in between the four-day and one-day competition, the 21-year-old student said his team would adapt easily to the change of format. “I think the same principles apply over all formats of cricket. I don’t feel that changing from the red ball to the white ball will be much of an issue. The majority of the guys have played most of their cricket with a white ball, so I’m confident the guys will adjust accordingly.”