Asia Cup 2022: We want to play good cricket, says Hong Kong skipper Nizakat Khan ahead of India clash
The opportunity to play against Pakistan and India is enormous, and Hong Kong skipper Nizakat Khan stated that his team wants to play quality cricket, before to their Group A encounter against India at the upcoming Asia Cup 2022.
On Wednesday, the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 will include a match between India and Hong Kong in Group A.
“Winning and losing is a part of the game. We want to play good cricket and it is important. It is a massive opportunity to play against India and Pakistan. We have a young squad and it is a great opportunity for us. We look forward to learning and moving forward I am sure we will play more Test nations,” said Nizakat in a press conference.
The team exhibited excellent form in Oman during Asia Cup qualifiers, which it won, and the captain claimed that any team might defeat their opponent on any given day in T20I cricket.
Nizakat recalled their most recent tight match with India from the Asia Cup 2018, which they lost by 26 runs, and said the team would make cautious not to repeat such errors when facing the Asian giant.
He added that despite not frequently seeing them in associate cricket, his team is ready to take on top-tier pacers.
“Gap (between bigger and small teams) is opportunities. This is our chance to show them we can compete,” he added.
Head coach Trent Johnson added that playing India and Pakistan is a tremendous opportunity for Hong Kong because the team doesn’t get many chances to do so.
“It is amazing what they (Hong Kong) have achieved so far. It is about playing good cricket and also enjoying yourself. Hong Kong deserves to be at this stage,” he added.
The coach said that the team’s extraordinary work ethic. And this exposure at the Asia Cup will advance cricket in the nation.
The Men’s Asia Cup, the marquee event of the Asian Cricket Council, will return in 2022 after a four-year hiatus. Being played at two locations with the T20 format. Sharjah Cricket Stadium will host four matches from August 27 through September 11. While Dubai International Cricket Stadium will host nine matches, including the championship game.