Mei Chunhua is a Former Captain of Chinese Women's Cricket Team and has played the top level Cricket like 2010 Guangzhou Asian Game. After her retirement from the National Team, Mei joined Bashers Cricket Club and plays social third division in the weekend at Shanghai Cricket Club. Mei also works as Marketing and Sales Manager for the Sports Club based in Shanghai. Due to work, it becomes difficult to continue Cricket for Mei. Although she wants to continue Cricket and play for Division 1 League matches. Cricket was an alien sports in China few years ago. But the School Cricket programmes & various other development programmes are working in favour of the China Cricket.
1. Tell us about you?
Full Name: Mei Chunhua
Date of Birth: 13/4/1985
Playing Role: All-Round
Batting Style: Right Hand Batsman
Bowling Style: Right Arm Fast Bowler
Address: Shanghai city, China
2. At Present: Are you a Coach? A cricket player? A cricket related business? A club Owner? A cricket Fan? Mention your work profile (if anything else).
At present I am working for a sports club as a Marketing and Sales Manager. I continue to play at a competitive level, taking part in league cricket club in Shanghai, also sitting on the committee as a liaison officer. I take a keen interest in the development of China national cricket and will be closely following the Ashes this summer.
3. Are you playing cricket currently? If Yes - Since how long are you playing cricket? What level of cricket have you played so far in your country?
I started playing cricket in 2006 while I was studying at Tongji University. The following year I was captain as China women's team made their international debut. A particular high point was representing my country in the 2010 Asian Games held in Guangzhou during which in one match i recorded career-best figures of 3 wickets for 8 runs.
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
I play for Bashers Cricket Club which is a founding member of Shanghai Cricket Club established in 2004.
5. Where do you and your team see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket?
My aim is to play division 1 league cricket for my club, the Bashers. I am also seeking to score a half century for the first time.
6. Do your club/association have any website or facebook page? Mention their links.
Yes. Bashers Cricket Club website: http://basherscc.org
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/basherscc
Shanghai Cricket Club website: http://www.shanghaicricket.com
7. Any recent achievements/activities that you had. (It could be organizing a small camp, or just playing a match or organizing a cricket camp or playing a tournament series) Do mention the date.
Details of all forthcoming club activities and recent achievements can be found on the Bashers website. We have a busy touring schedule domestically in China, taking part in sixes tournaments in Beijing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Xiamen and Suzhou.
8. Would you like to come to India for a tournament or a coaching camp?
I have twice been to India before with the China women's team, for training and playing in tournaments. I very much enjoyed my time there, especially the passion for the sport I have grown to love, and would welcome an opportunity to visit again.
Or do you want to travel any other country (if Yes, please mention the name)?
It's a dream of mine to see a Test match at Lords, the home of cricket.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
We face many challenges such as lack of facilities (playing grounds and nets), equipment is difficult to find and often has to be sourced from overseas, and an underdeveloped cricket culture. The Shanghai clubs are mostly represented by foreigners and I would like to see more participation from local youth.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
If cricket was featured in the Olympics then the government would see the sport in a different light and be eager to promote and invest in the development of cricket in China. In addition it would get more attention from more local people and raise participation levels.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country. Also mention the name and email id of these 3 clubs.
Please check the website which I provided.
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community?
Yes, Bashers Club.