From Hong Kong to New Zealand via Dubai

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Six years after his ODI century on his debut for Hong Kong in the UAE, Chapman is back to the same country but represents New Zealand

Mark Chapman was still an engineering student when he marked his ODI debut for Hong Kong with a match-winning hundred against the UAE in Dubai in 2015. Almost six years later, he is back in Dubai for his first World Cup with New Zealand. Along the way, he completed his mechanical engineering education and put it to good use, founding ESCU sports that manufacture cricket equipment.

This will be Chapman’s third T20 World Cup overall, after appearing for Hong Kong in 2014 in Bangladesh and then in 2016 in India. Chapman was born in Hong Kong to a mother from mainland China and a father from New Zealand.

“Yeah, it’s been quite a journey to be honest,” Chapman said during a virtual media interaction. “After being born in Hong Kong and representing them, after being in Dubai for a few world events with the Hong Kong team, it’s been quite a journey. To be honest, I have not thought so much about it. It’s been really exciting to be with this New Zealand team for the last couple of years and it’s my first world event with the New Zealand team and it’s been something I’m been looking forward to for a long time and just really excited to be here and join the guys. “

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