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Miandad sees huge market in China

JAVED Miandad believes China has the potential to become a major cricket market within the next decade after the former Pakistan test captain returned from a fact-finding mission to the world's most populous nation.

"The enthusiasm and interest I saw there from government officials to university students is encouraging," Miandad said yesterday after his trip to Beijing last week in his new role as Pakistan's cricket ambassador to China.

"They definitely have potential, the interest and resources to become a respected cricket playing nation."

Miandad, who played 124 tests and went on to coach Pakistan, said China had the potential to become a huge international market and represented an ideal platform from where the International Cricket Council could globalize the sport.

China has included cricket as one of the disciplines in the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.

"The Pakistan government has signed a memorandum of understanding with their Chinese counterparts to help them strengthen their cricket base and produce players," Miandad said. "China could be the next big frontier of international cricket if they are provided the proper support and facilities."



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