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Published: Tuesday, June 1, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Beijing :China on Tuesday welcomed India's support in its bid to secure affiliate membership of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and said it will look to have "bilateral exchanges" with India on the cricket field to give the fledgling game a boost in the country.

"We have noticed the very friendly attitude of the ICC on China's affiliate membership issue. We also warmly welcome the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president's statement that India will propose China's affiliate membership in the ICC," said Hu Jianguo, director general of China's sport general administration.

"We are speeding up the preparation work for securing the affiliate membership of the ICC," Hu said in an interview at Beijing.

BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya had said recently that India would propose China's name for affiliation to the ICC when the game's world governing body holds its annual general meeting in London later this year.

Hu said China would seek assistance from India to train its players.

"We lack professional cricket players, coaches and umpires. We also know that India is very advanced in the game of cricket. China should learn from India not just in the field of software but also cricket," he said.

"I hope we will have more bilateral exchanges with India in the field of cricket which would help us to improve our cricketing skills," he said.

"We will seek assistance from major cricketing nations to help us train our young students."

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