CLOTHES, ELECTRICALS, COUNTERFEIT GOODS – NOW it’s cricket.
Yes the Chinese have taken up cricket. The game is now an option in every primary school in a country that houses a quarter of the world’s population and there is rising confidence that the country will be playing international’s by 2020. They can throw so many bodies at anything they turn to that a future humiliation at the hands of the Chinese cannot be ruled out. And the prospective global audience for India v China is frightening to contemplate. It’s a far cry from when I lived in Singapore in the sixties. My father turned out for the RAF against a touring side in a cricket match that left the Chinese utterly baffled. Especially when one player was bowled by a ‘Chinaman’! Someone tried explaining that it was the term for a ball bowled in the opposite way to a googly:
“The bowler uses a wrist torsion action to spin the ball so that when it pitches it turns from off to leg for a right-handed batsman, i.e. from left to right from the bowler’s perspective. The direction of turn mirrors that of a conventional right-handed off spin bowler, however, the ball will usually turn more sharply due to the spin being imparted predominantly by the wrist.”
Maybe all is not lost. One Chinese chap when asked about the thought of watching a game for five days enquired whether it was a Test or pure torture…..