• Committed to promoting and supporting Cricket in Hong Kong


    To associate with us or to sponsor, email: kowlooncantons@gmail.com

  • Winners of the 2017 HKT20 Blitz

    Defending Champions Kowloon Cantons win the trophy for the 2017 Blitz, convincingly!

    The winning team

    The franchise owners with the team

  • Team 2018

    Season 2018 kicks off with five of the Cantons returning to the fold. Welcome back boys!

    Craig Wright



    Babar Hayat


    Ehsan Nawaz

    Waqas Khan

    Ryan Buckley

    Adeel Shafique

    Hussain Butt

    Simandeep Singh

    Sunny Bhimsaria

    Bobby Chan

    Hassan Khan

    Mohammad Saad

  • Our International Players

    We've got a top notch team building! Watch this space for more

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  • Our Profile

    Get to know your favourite team

    Behind our name

    Kowloon itself means the 9 Dragons in Cantonese, an allegorical reference to our team’s ownership structure. Kowloon is also one of the most vibrant and dynamic areas of Hong Kong home to the only ICC approved ODI ground thus making this part of the city, the hub of cricket. Cantons is derived from the local language, Cantonese. The spirit behind the name Kowloon Cantons, beautifully brings together both aspects of what we value – Cricket & Hong Kong. Our name reflects our commitment to promoting cricket in Hong Kong.

    Mission Statement

    Our tagline Cricket, Passion, Faith embodies the ethos of our team as well as its owners. Integrity is our biggest forte, we believe in the game and all its values and that is the benchmark we set for ourselves, on and off the field. We believe in Cricket as a sport, we have the Passion to take it forward in Hong Kong and we have the Faith in our team to always play hard and play fair.

    About the Franchise

    The force behind the Kowloon Cantons is a consortium of 10 owners. Uniquely owned by 9 women and an ex-Hong Kong national captain, each owner brings a different skill set and a high degree of enthusiasm to the team. With Kowloon Cantons Cricket Company Ltd. being the corporate set up, each Director has assumed a part of the responsibility for the development of the team, the game and the tournament in Hong Kong.


    In the 2016 season, Kowloon Cantons set the benchmark for the HKT20 Blitz by inviting Australian Captain Michael Clarke and young Nepalese player Sandeep Lamichchane to play. Sandeep was subsequently signed for the Western Suburb in Sydney. We are hoping to provide another such development platform this year.

  • The Event

    The HK T20 Blitz

    About the HKT20 Blitz

    The HK T20 Blitz is the first sanctioned franchise Twenty20 competition to be held by an Associate Member of the ICC. Kowloon Cantons was one of the four teams that participated in the inaugural T20Blitz in 2016 and one of five teams for the 2017 competition.

    Teams for the Blitz are put together with a mix of International players, Hong Kong National players, League player and Developmental players under 19's. In the 2016 Blitz, the biggest international star was Michael Clarke, brought in by Kowloon Cantons.


    For the 2017 tournament, the international stars included Dwayne Smith, Marlon Samuels, Ashar Zaidi, Yasir Arafat from the Kowloon Cantons. Other big names at the tournament were Misbah -ul - Haq, Kumar Sangakara, Darren Sammy, Tilakratne Dilshan, Ian Bell and Jesse Ryder.


    Kowloon Cantons players who could not eventually make it for a variety of reasons included Yusuf Pathan (NOC revoked by BCCI), Tymal Mills (Injury) and Shahid Afridi (Injury).


    HK National Captain Babar Hayat and a strong team of domestic players participate in the event as well.


    The event attracts over 5000 people across 5 days, at HK’s only approved ODI ground,Tin Kwong Recreation Ground, Kowloon.


    The event is live web streamed with a large viewership.

  • International Players

    List of international players for 2017

    Shahid Afridi - Injured

    Former Pakistan Captain

    Afridi held the record for the fastest ODI century for almost 20 years until it was broken by AB De Villiers in 2015. The 36-year-old was the player of the tournament for the inaugural edition of the ICC World Twenty20 in 2007 and led Pakistan to the title in 2009 with match-winning performances in the semi-final and final.


    On playing for the Kowloon Cantons, Shahid Afridi said, "I am looking forward to playing for the Kowloon Cantons in the HKT20 Blitz, I've heard good things about the tournament and look forward to playing in Hong Kong again, a place where I always enjoy the atmosphere, people and hospitality"

    Shahid's message to the Kowloon Cantons

    Due to a injury to his hand, Shahid could not come to play for Kowloon Cantons. He sent us his best wishes in a lovely video.

    Tymal Mills - Injured

    England Fast Bowler

    Tymal Mills is one of the most explosive fast bowlers in English cricket, capable of speeds comfortably in excess of 90mph. England awarded him a T20I debut against Sri Lanka at the Ageas Bowl in 2016.


    On playing for the Kowloon Cantons, Tymal Mills said, "I am delighted to have signed for Kowloon Cantons for the upcoming Hong Kong Blitz. It is great to be involved in such a young tournament that has the potential to grow the game significantly. Looking forward to linking up with the Kowloon Cantons family in March".

    Dwayne Smith

    West Indies Top-order Batsman

    Tall, aggressive, and powerful, Dwayne Smith can rival the best hitters in the game when in top form, and is quite sought after in various Twenty20 leagues as well. He was part of a Mumbai Indians side that won the IPL and Champions League T20 double in 2013, moved to Chennai Super Kings in 2014 and was acquired by Gujarat Lions in 2016. His 73 off 51 balls led Islamabad United to the inaugural Pakistan Super League title in 2016.


    On playing for the Kowloon Cantons, Dwayne Smith said, “I am really happy to have signed for Kowloon Cantons for the upcoming Hong Kong Blitz T20. The competition is only in its second year and I am excited to be involved and help grow the game in Hong Kong. I look forward to meeting my new team mates in March."


    Marlon Samuels

    West Indies Top-order Batsman

    Marlon Samuels is a right-hander of immense ability. Against a top-class bowling attack in difficult conditions, Samuels scored 386 runs in five innings, with a century and three fifties. The highlight of his career was snappy 78 in the World Twenty20 final against Sri Lanka, which lifted West Indies to their first world title since the 1979 World Cup.


    On playing for the Kowloon Cantons, Marlon Samuels said, “I’m pleased to have signed up for Kowloon Cantons in what looks to be an event that is getting bigger and better every year. It should be a cool few days for everyone involved”

    Yasir Arafat

    Pakistan All Rounder

    Yasir Arafat is an all-rounder of typically Pakistani ethos: ideal for the attacking mood of the limited-overs format. His ability to generate pace and swing can always turn a game. He is also considered a dangerous lower-order plunderer, good enough to strike five first-class hundreds as well as one in List A cricket.


    On playing for the Kowloon Cantons, Yasir Arafat said, “I am really looking forward to playing for Kowloon Cantons in the HKT20 Blitz and working with a talented bunch of players. I always enjoy tournaments in Hong Kong – It’s a place that is hugely passionate about cricket and the fans are always so knowledgeable about the game."

    Ashar Zaidi

    English County Player

    Ashar Zaidi has carved out a niche for himself in England. Signed by Sussex after plying his trade with Accrington in the Lancashire League, he spent two seasons at Hove before making Essex his second county in 2016

    Calum MacLeod

    Scotland Top-order Batsman

    Two centuries in succession for Calum MacLeod in 2014 played a major part in Scotland's qualification for the 2015 World Cup. When he acted as a substitute fielder for England in an Ashes Test in 2009 he became the first Gaelic speaker to appear in a Test.


    On playing for the Kowloon Cantons, Calum Macleod said, "I'm delighted to be playing for the Kowloon Cantons in the HKT20 blitz. It's an exciting tournament for both Hong Kong cricket and all of associate cricket. The crowds and people will really make this a great tournament to be involved in."

  • Team 2017

    Kowloon Cantons warmly welcomes Craig Wright as Head Coach and all the boys who have joined our 2017 squad.
    A special welcome to Babar Hayat, Tanveer Ahmed, Shahid Wasif and Ehsan Nawaz who return this year to the Kowloon Cantons family.

    Craig Wright

    Head Coach

    "I am delighted to be given the opportunity to work with the Kowloon Cantons in the Hong Kong T20 Blitz. The team made a big impact in the first year of the competition and we will be aiming to do something similar in 2017."

    Craig Wright is a former Scottish Cricketer and Coach, and currently the Head Cricket Coach at the Hong Kong Cricket Club.


    Craig represented Scotland at both under-16 and under-19 levels and went one to make his senior debut in 1997 against Ireland. He went on to play 194 times for Scotland and captained for a record 107 times. He played in the 2007 Cricket World Cup and T20 World Cups in 2007 & 2009. Craig captained Scotland to success in the 2004 intercontinental cup and the 2005 ICC Trophy.

    Mark Wright


    "I am excited to work with the Kowloon Cantons squad for this season’s T20 Blitz. A unique opportunity to work with a hugely talented squad and a franchise intent on promoting the game of cricket within Hong Kong”

    Mark Wright has been involved within cricket in Hong Kong since his arrival in 2007 and is currently the Sports Development Manager at the Hong Kong Cricket Club.


    Mark led the Hong Kong Men’s team to a 3rd place finish in the 2015 ICC World Cup Qualifiers, was previously Head Coach of the HK U19s team and represented Hong Kong in the 2009 6’s tournament.

    Babar Hayat


    "Its great to be a part of this team again. I always wanted to play for the Kowloon Cantons. I think we will have a really strong team, stronger than last year. We will try to defend the title and hopefully will be the only winners this time"

    Age: 25 years

    Batting style Right-hand bat

    Bowling style Right-arm medium


    Babar Hayat made his T20I debut in the 2014 World T20. He then made his ODI debut in May 2014 in the Asian Cricket Council Premier League. In his first game against Afghanistan, the young lad top-scored hitting an impressive 53. In the 2016 Asia Cup Qualifier in February 2016, he became the first Hong Kong player to score a century in a T20I match.


    Ahsan Abassi


    "Very excited to be part of the team, I am looking forward to the competition”

    Age: 22 years

    Batting style: Right-handed

    Bowling style: Right-arm off spin



    Ahsan Abassi has displayed his talents from a young age. Having previously represented departmental and regional teams he is now a member of the Kowloon Cantons.


    Motto for cricket

    It’s not cricket, it’s my life

    Angus Robson


    “A huge honor, it’s exciting to be a part of the rise of Hong Kong Cricket whilst playing along side some of the worlds best players.”

    Age: 18

    Batting style:

    Bowling style:


    Angus Robson started playing cricket age 13 for the Hong Kong Cricket Club and having lived in Hong Kong for all his life is part of an exciting crop of young talent. Has played in Australia this past summer


    Motto for cricket

    Enjoy the Game


    Ehsan Nawaz

    Fast Bowler

    "Very happy to be part of KC again. Our team is really strong and we hope we bring home the trophy.”

    Age: 21 years

    Batting style Right-hand bat

    Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium


    Ehsan Nawaz made his T20I debut in the 2014 World T20 in Bangladesh. He played only one game against Afghanistan. Nawaz then made his ODI debut in May 2014 in the Asian Cricket Council Premier League.


    Motto for cricket

    Teamwork makes dreams work

    Isaac Poole


    “I'm excited to contribute to a tournament that is meaningful for the development of cricket in Hong Kong. The fact that I get to play with a great bunch of guys, and for a team that is set up very much with a welcoming, family feel, is an added benefit. Thanks for the unique opportunity!.”

    Age: 34 years

    Batting style Right-hand bat

    Bowling style: Right-arm Off Spin


    Isaac Poole comes from a background of grade cricket and has only picked up the game again since moving to Hong Kong three years ago. Currently playing for the Gap Ramblers of Hong Kong Cricket Club.


    Motto for cricket

    Have fun, but it’s easier to have fun when you're winning.


    Li Kai Ming


    Age: 25 years

    Batting style Right-hand bat

    Bowling style Legbreak


    Li Kai Ming made his debut for the Hong Kong national team at the 2010 Asian Games. He made his debut for Hong Kong in the cricket tournament at the 2010 Asian Games, playing in a single match against the Maldives. He was later selected as part of Hong Kong's fourteen man squad for the World Twenty20 Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates making his Twenty20 debut during the tournament against Afghanistan.


    Mudassar Hussain


    “Very excited. Proud to be a part of the Kowloon Cantons.”

    Age: 28 years

    Batting style Right-hand bat

    Bowling style Legbreak googly


    Mudassar Hussain has been playing cricket in Hong Kong for 8 years for LSW. Outside of cricket he is a keen fan of nature and exploring the outdoors.


    Motto for cricket

    Cricket is my passion

    Tanveer Ahmed

    Strike Bowler

    "I feel very happy and always wanted to play for the Kowloon Cantons. We will do well. Waiting for the draft and hope to have the best team again."


    Age: 19 years

    Batting style: Right-hand bat

    Bowling style: Right-arm medium fast


    Tanveer Ahmed made his Twenty20 International debut against Afghanistan in the 2016 Asia Cup Qualifier on 22 February 2016. Before making his international debut, he was named in Hong Kong's squad for the 2016 ICC WorldTwenty20 tournament. He made his first-class cricket debut against Ireland in the 2015–17 ICC Intercontinental Cup on 30 August 2016. He made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Scotland on 8 September 2016.


    Motto for cricket

    Play the game till the last ball

    Shahid Wasif

    Wicket Keeper/Batsman

    "Feeling great to be retained for Kowloon Cantons. Kowloon Cantons is just like home. The way they treated us last year was amazing. I was hoping and praying that I would be retained. I believe we are going to be a tough team and I hope we win the trophy! Proud to be a Canton."

    Age: 19 years

    Batting style Right-hand bat

    Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

    Fielding position wicketkeeper


    Shahid Wasif is a right-handed batsman and right arm off break bowler. He made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut against Ireland on 5 September 2016. He made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Scotland on 8 September 2016.


    Motto for cricket

    Live to win

    Sunny Bhimsaria


    Grateful to be part of the Kowloon Cantons for the upcoming T20 Blitz. Looking forward to playing with some of the best players in the game.”

    Age: 23 years

    Batting style Right-hand bat

    Bowling style Legbreak


    Sunny Bhimsaria has been fortunate to represent Hong Kong Cricket at all junior levels and currently represents the men’s squad which he looks forward to continuing. Outside of cricket, he spends most of his time in the kitchen.


    Motto for cricket

    Hard work beats talent

    Waqas Khan


    “Proud and excited to be part of the Kowloon Cantons. I am looking forward to doing well for my team.”

    Age: 17 years

    Batting style Right-hand bat

    Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast


    Waqas Khan made his international debut against Nepal in a T20I in November 2014. Interestingly, at 15 years and 259 days, he turned out to be the youngest cricketer to play T20Is. Waqas donned his ODI cap for the first time in 2015 against UAE in Dubai.

    Motto for cricket

    Have faith & play with passion.

    Giacomo Lamplough


    Injured, not playing

    Age: 19 years

    Batting style Right-hand bat

    Bowling style Right-arm medium

  • Community Outreach Program

    We are all about the development of Cricket as a sport in Hong Kong. Taking that forward, Kowloon Cantons are proud to partner with Cricket Hong Kong and with various schools, International as well as local, to familiarise children with the game.

    AIA Carnival

    Sunday, 15th January 2017

    AIA Carnival

    Sunday, 15th January, with Kowloon Cantons player Li Kai Ming

    AIA Carnival

    Sunday, 15th January, with Kowloon Cantons player Li Kai Ming, Cricket Hong Kong's Max Abbott and Charlie Burke and team of volunteers.

    School Clinics

    With the T20 Blitz growing bigger over the year, the Kowloon Cantons decided to involve the community and increase the reach of the game to children. Reiterating our commitment to promoting cricket in Hong Kong, we launched a community outreach program in schools, both international and local, where Kowloon Cantons players spent time coaching children in the sport.

    The program covered 12 schools in the city ranging from International schools to local schools. The age of students participating ranged from 10-15 years across the schools with approximately 30% being girls.



    The sheer enthusiasm and willingness of the children in trying to learn a new game and looking to excel in it was very rewarding. One of the schools had ethic minority girls clad in their traditional attire eager to play, in another, the whole cricket team comprised of Chinese students.

    This is the passion for which we became a part of the HK T20 Blitz, to see cricket becoming a popular sport in Hong Kong and this is our ethos.

  • Charity Partner

    We are as much about our community as we are about Cricket. Kowloon Cantons are pleased to be associated with IBET - Integrated Brilliant Education Trust


    Integrated Brilliant Education Trust

    The Integrated Brilliant Education Trust is a registered charity in Hong Kong with Sec 88 Inland Revenue Ordinance tax exempt status. We are committed to educating and empowering students from Hong Kong's underprivileged ethnic minority groups by providing high quality educational support to assist them in their ongoing education.

    Not only will this prevent these children from dropping out of the schooling system, but it will ​also​ facilitate their seamless integration into mainstream Hong Kong society and ​into ​the workforce. The objectives of the Trust are being implemented via an Education Center in Jordan.


    Integrated Brilliant Education Center (Jordan) is IBET's first

    education support center. IBEC (Jordan),​ endeavors to make it's students proficient in Chinese and to provide quality and highly subsidized support in other school subjects as well. The end goal is to equip and encourage the students to pursue and complete studies in local schools and tertiary institutions in Hong Kong. IBEC (J) is ​registered as ​school by the Education Bureau HKSAR. Since being operational in June 2015, IBEC(J) has provided tutorial support to more than 200 underprivileged ethnic minority students.

  • Sponsors

    Many thanks to all the wonderful companies and people who supported us this year!


    If you would like to be a part of the Kowloon Cantons by sponsoring us, please email us at kowlooncantons@gmail.com

    FWD Insurance

    FWD Group spans Hong Kong & Macau, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam, offering life and medical insurance, general insurance and employee benefits.


    FWD is focused on creating fresh customer experiences, with easy-to-understand products, supported by advanced digital technologies. With a customer-led approach, FWD aims to be the leading pan-Asian insurer that changes the way people feel about insurance.




    AdMark Asia Group

    Welcome back to AdMark Asia Group. Thanks for your continuing faith in us.

    AdMark Asia Group is the first boutique search firm in Asia to specialize in the Luxury, Consumer and Communication sectors. The firm covers Asia through their office presence in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. The mission statement of the company is to strive to exceed expectations by building truly relevant relationships, which go well beyond just one search.

    Gaurav More, President, himself a cricket aficionado said, “We are proud to return as sponsors to the Kowloon Cantons as we have seen their passion last year and we share their faith and commitment to support and encourage Cricket in Hong Kong."

    Ambience Pvt. Ltd.

    Ambience Pvt. Ltd. is a well-known real estate development company based in India, focusing primarily on premium developments in the National Capital Region with in-house construction and development capabilities.


    Ambience group has a landmark real estate development in Gurgaon, India and has developed its signature integrated township called “Ambience Island” which comprises of “Caitriona” the state of the art “ready-to-live-in” ultra luxury 240 condominiums on a 9 hole pitch & putt golf greens with pent houses 13,500 sq. ft. to 16,000 sq. ft owned and inhabited by HNIS, CEO’s and big corporates.


    “We are proud to be associated with such a dynamic Twenty20 team who are taking the lead to promote the game in Hong Kong. We ourselves love the sport and would like to see it go to greater heights. All the best to the Kowloon Cantons” Said Aman Ghelot, Director Ambience Ltd.


    Welcome back Chellship Ltd., thank you for supporting us again.


    Jet Airways

    Kowloon Shangri-La

    Hospitality Partners

    SPI Prohealth

    Fitness Partners

    Player Sponsors


    Supporters of the Outreach Program

  • About us

    We are a consortium of ten and our team's slogan, 'Cricket. Passion. Faith.', reflects our sentiments. The passion for Cricket brought us together and faith in our teams ability to play hard and play fair binds us. We are all committed to promoting and supporting Cricket in Hong Kong.

    Urvashi Sethi


    Chief Executive Officer

    Urvashi is a Life Coach who specializes in Parenting and Mind Coaching for Sportmen. She is also a Golf Professional. She has been the Indian National Champion and represented India at the 1998 Asian Games. She lives with her Cricket obsessed husband and sons. Both her sons are fine Cricketers.

    Rahul Sharma

    Director - Cricket Operations

    Hong Kong National Team Captain between 2000 and 2005. Rahul captained Hong Kong to its first ever ODI at the 2004 Asia Cup in Colombo. He has played in all the Hong Kong Sixes events from 1993 to 2006 and has been the highest run getter for Hong Kong till retirement in 2007 with a record 131 hundreds over 14 seasons in all forms of cricket including 21 hundreds in International tournaments


    Rahul recently retired as a Partner from Executive Access after 22 years and setting up a technology venture out of Singapore with a focus on HR solutions. Born and brought up in Delhi and been in Hong Kong since 1993, Rahul is married and has one daughter.

    Aparna Kapur Shankar

    Director - Marketing

    With an experience of 10 years in Marketing and Advertising behind her, Aparna is currently based in Hong Kong working on freelance basis on marketing projects, along with being actively involved with the school her two daughters study at.


    With an extremely cricket passionate husband who himself plays at club level in Hong Kong and previously in London, and 9 & 11 year old daughters who loves the game too, this had to be the obvious next step.

    Devika Virmani

    Director - Finance

    Devika lives and works in Hong Kong, her home since 2002. With 15 years' experience in Executive Search, Devika now runs her own Search Firm, Adira. Her previous career in banking took her to London, Dubai & India, where she worked with Deutsche Bank, Wachovia & Lloyds Bank.


    Devika has a Law Degree from the LSE & Economics from St. Stephen’s College. An ardent follower of cricket, her son plays for the Kowloon Cricket Club & her daughter is most often seen on the basketball court!

    Deepti Malik

    Director - Community Outreach

    Deepti is passionate about her family, fitness, health and travel. She believes life is full of opportunities and it is up to us to grab and make the most of them. She lives in Hong Kong with her husband and two kids.

    With both of her favourite boys - husband and son - extremely passionate about the game, being a part of the HKT20Blitz seemed like a natural progression for her. Deepti believes cricket in Hong kong is growing leaps and bounds with each passing year and soon HK would be a name to be reckoned with across the cricketing world.

    Batul Rosha


    Batul is a qualified Montessori teacher. She spent the early part of her career as a Marketing professional working with Reader's Digest.


    She lives in Hong Kong with her husband and two boys, one of whom is an avid cricketer and the other is passionate about football.

    Priya Subberwal


    Originally trained as an Interior designer, Priya is passionate about studying Chinese Metaphysics. She is a qualified Classical Feng Shui practitioner and her company Disha Ltd. is based in Hong Kong.

    Married to an avid cricket fan, Priya has two teenage daughters.

    Gita Mohan Bharwaney


    Gita is a home stylist and the Sole Distributor in Hong Kong for the high-end designer furniture brand 'Kenneth Cobonpue'. 

    Mala Samtani


    Mala is a housewife who loves her friends, life and enjoys being a part of cricket, something that she is passionate about.


    Married to someone who enjoys cricket as much as he does Bollywood, Mala has three sons.   

    Shafaq Khurram


    Shafaq is based in the US. Daughter of an avid cricket fan and league level player.

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