Hong Kong Cricket Association Hoping Government Fund Will Help Build New Home
Hong Kong's "top world-ranked team sport, cricket," hopes to benefit from a HK$1B ($130M) fund set up by the government, "in order to build a new home in Ma On Shan," according to Alvin Sallay of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. The Hong Kong Cricket Association will "apply for money from the fund," which was announced by Hong Kong CEO Leung Chun-ying in his policy address and is "intended for the development of recreational or community facilities on restored landfill sites." HKCA President Rodney Miles said that cricket deserved a "large new facility, especially given the outstanding performance of the national men's team" at the Int'l Cricket Council World Cup qualifiers in New Zealand and the ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers in Abu Dhabi. Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs Jonathan McKinley said that the new fund would "try to cater mainly for sports which had few existing facilities, such as cricket and baseball." McKinley: "Each individual project which is approved will get maximum funding of up to HK$100 million ($13M). We are looking actively at providing cricket and baseball grounds" (SCMP, 2/4).