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Hong Kong skipper Jamie Atkinson decides to step down from captaincy

Atkinson announced his decision to his teammates after Hong Kong’s eight wicket victory over Namibia in the ICC World Cricket League Championship

Hong Kong skipper Jamie Atkinson decides to step down from captaincy - Cricket News
On behalf of Jamie Atkinson, Hong Kong Cricket Association announced that he will step down from his captaincy of the Hong Kong Men’s Team with immediate effect.
 
Wicket-keeper and right-hand batsman Atkinson, 24, announced his decision to his teammates after Hong Kong’s comprehensive eight wicket victory over Namibia in the ICC World Cricket League Championship in Windhoek yesterday (17 May).
 
He said, “It has been a pleasure to lead this side over the last three and a half years and the win over Bangladesh in their own backyard and gaining ODI status were the biggest highlights of my term as captain.”
 
“It is a tough job and it has taken its toll on me. My performances over the last few series haven't been the standard I set for myself or the team. I think it's the perfect time to have a fresh outlook with a new captain."
 
"I'm looking forward to supporting the incoming captain and to helping the team with my performances as a top order batsmen and keeper as well as supporting the younger guys coming into the team which will help the incoming captain."
 
HKCA Director of Cricket and Head Coach Charlie Burke praised Atkinson for his leadership and maturity and said, “This is typical of Jamie to put the team first by announcing his decision after our win over Namibia today in order not to disturb the team on preparation for the matches. A leader is someone who takes responsibility, puts others first and fights until the end, Jamie has demonstrated all of that.”
 
“I would go as far to say he probably is the most successful Hong Kong captain by gaining ODI status, qualifying for a World T20 and playing off for bronze in the 2014. Asian Games. I will never forget his leadership against Bangladesh in the World20 and the way he put so much faith and belief in his bowlers. I have and I will continue to have a great relationship with Jamie, who has been instrumental in the success of Hong Kong Team over the past years.”
 
At 17, Atkinson made history as the first person born in the 1990s to play ODI cricket when he made his debut against Pakistan in the 2008 Asia Cup.
 
Fresh from his player-of-the-match performance on Sunday, fast bowling all-rounder Tanwir Afzal will take up the duties of captaincy for the rest of the tour, leading Hong Kong in two T20 friendlies against hosts Namibia. A permanent replacement will be announced shortly.