Hong Kong T20 Blitz: Chris Jordan signs for City Kaitak

City Kaitak is excited to announce addition of England fast bowler, Chris Jordan and West Indian all-rounder Emrit Rayad to their line-up for the upcoming DTC Hong Kong T20 Blitz to be held from 8 March 2017 to 12 March 2017. Chris Jordan is a death over bowling specialist with an ability to hit the ball hard. An integral part of the England team, a T20 specialist who has excelled in all of the global leagues, notably Big Bash and IPL and currently playing in the PSL, Jordan joins an already impressive line-up of overseas players that includes some of the best cricketing world has known such as Tillakaratne Dilshan. HK T20 Blitz issues statement regarding Pathan

Jordan says, “I am really excited to be taking part in the Hong Kong T20 Blitz this year. As soon as I spoke to City Kaitak, I was sure I wanted to take part and I can’t wait to join up with the team. Playing for any team in T20 is always a lot of fun and exciting but I am especially excited about joining up with City Kaitak and to play cricket in Hong Kong for the first time”.

Born in Barbados, Jordan is a right-arm fast bowling prospect who shifted base to Dulwich College after obtaining a sporting scholarship. At 18 years old, he was already making his way into the Surrey playing XI against Middlesex in 2007. He received the NBC Denis Compton Award for Surrey’s most promising player in 2007. He was eligible to play for both England and West Indies but he chose the former with his grandmother’s roots and made his international debut against Australia in the final ODI of the five-match series in 2013.

He moved to Sussex for 2013 and immediately flourished as the bright spark he was thought of as a teenager. He took 6 for 48 on debut against Yorkshire, his first-class best figures, and was among the leading wicket-takers in the County Championship, passing fifty wickets for the first time. He won an IPL contract with Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2016. Jordan’s ability to strike a long ball made him dangerous as a lower-order batsman and he added a maiden Championship hundred to his list in 2016 for Sussex. BCCI rebuff Yusuf Pathan; turn down NOC for Hong Kong T20 Blitz

Emrit has played a pivotal role for Trinidad and Tobago winning back to back titles in 2015 and 2016 in the prestigious Caribbean Premier League. He carried the same form and performed brilliantly for his franchise in Bangladesh Premier league and City Kaitak are excited to include Emrit in the Squad. A true game changer who has often won games with both bat and ball for his franchises in West Indies and Bangladesh, Emrit is a reliable and experienced allrounder, who bowls right-arm medium-fast and bats with aggression.

Emrit received his big break when he was included in the West Indies squad for an ODI tour of India shortly before the 2007 World Cup. Completing the overseas squad with likes of Jordan and Emrit makes our team one of the strongest in the tournament. The quality of international players that we are going to see in the T20 Blitz is unprecedented in Hong Kong and is putting Hong Kong as a shining star in the world of Cricket. We as a team have the momentum and passion to continue with our efforts to bring out the best , the City Kaitak spokesman adds.

About City Kaitak (www.facebook.com/citykaitak) Twitter/Instagram: @citykaitak

City Group is a diversified business group established in Hong Kong over 20 years ago and currently operates, in addition to Hong Kong, in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. The group s flagship City Forex had been sponsoring cricket events for many years. In the first T20 Blitz 2016, City Forex was the title sponsor of the winning team. The City Group team behind the City Kaitak franchise represents a group of people with extremely diverse backgrounds, brought together with a solid bond of friendship and trust. T20 blitz popularity turns Hong Kong into fastest-rising cricketing destination

Kaitak, located on the edge of Kowloon City, on one hand represents the old Airport with one of the most difficult approaches, and on the other, houses the new and architecturally one of the most beautiful Cruise Terminals. Like the game of Cricket, the area represents the romanticism of both the old and the new. Looking into the fragrant Victoria Harbour on one side and Lion Rock, representing the Can-do spirit of Hong Kong, on the other, the area is poised to become a sports hub of Hong Kong. City Kaitak team, which is promoted by Old fans of cricket, is committed to the development of the cricket in the youth, the New of Hong Kong.

About DTC Hong Kong T20 Blitz (www.hkcricket.org)

DTC Hong Kong T20 Blitz is a Twenty20 franchise cricket tournament scheduled to hold its second edition from March 8-12 in 2017. The tournament has extended to a five-team competition from the inaugural four with the event held over five days at Tin Kwong Road Recreation Ground in Mong Kok. The Hong Kong T20 Blitz brings the world s best short form players together with the premier local domestic cricket talent. There is also a focus on developing Associate Cricket, with each team required to select at least one overseas player from a non-full member nation.