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Will T20 offer a better career path for Hong Kong players?

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09.07.2018

Hong Kong captain Babar Hayat is thriving among elite company at the Global T20 Canada league being played in the North American country. He is 10th on the list of best batsmen as of Friday, having hit 93 runs in three innings for the Vancouver Knights and one man of the match performance.

It’s not the first time Babar has lit up an international tournament, having provided fireworks with the bat in Nepal’s T20 tournament and a T10 event in the Middle East.

His 65 off 33 balls in the victory against Winnipeg Hawks on July 1 was typical Babar – confident, sublime timing and finding boundaries with ease. If only he can do the same for Hong Kong at important games.

#ThanksToALMIGHTY#GT20Canada #LoveSupport pic.twitter.com/9DSNgeuKMM

— Babar Hayat (@_BabarHayat) July 3, 2018

Then again, is there deeper meaning to all this? With world governing body ICC effectively marginalising associate members such as Hong Kong, do we really need to aspire at national level when there’s nothing really to aspire to? And is a T20 circuit the future for associate players who can never dream of playing in a World Cup but can realistically look to professional events around world to mix it with the best?

Babar and fellow Hong Kong batsman Nizakat Khan are taking part in the Canada tournament, having made........

© South China Morning Post