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Cricket in the Land of the Rising Sun? Japan wants to host cricket at Asian Games

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As cricket’s inclusion in multi-sport events like the upcoming Asian Games remains an experimental endeavor, Japan wants to host cricket sport in 2026 Asian Games. The organizers expect to finalize the schedule of events for the Asian Games in Japan in 2026 soon. Japan wants to include cricket in the plan in the hopes that it will pave the road for Tokyo to host more prestigious cricket tournaments like the ICC World Cup.

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Forbes Magazine interviewed Alan Curr, the operations chief for JCA,

“It’s very important to get cricket into the 2026 Asian Games and put the game in front of people,”

Curr added,

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“We want to be seen as a country that could potentially host a World Cup down the track”

In South Africa in 2020, Japan competed in the ICC men’s Under-19 World Cup, where they suffered defeats against both India and Sri Lanka. Japan faced Indonesia in their inaugural T20 international game in 2022. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) confirmed this year that Japan and Indonesia would participate in pathway events.

Although cricket has been played in Japan since 1863, baseball still dominates the country. The ICC T20 rankings currently place the Japanese women’s squad at 52 and the Japanese men’s team at 60. Cricket participated in two Asiad, in 2010 and 2014, before making a comeback for the Hangzhou Games.

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