A popular game in the entire subcontinent, Cricket, is to make a comeback in the Asian Games 2022 which is to be held in Hangzhou.
Sports website “insidethegames.biz” reported that the decision was taken at the Olympic Council of Asia’s General Assembly,
In all probability, the T20 format will be played at the Asian Games, as it happened during the 2010 and 2014 edition in Guangzhou and Incheon.
Cricket in Asian Games
Rajeev Mehta, Secretary-General, Indian Olympic Association (IOA): Cricket (both men’s & women) T20 format has been included in 2022 Asian Games. IAO will write to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in this regard. pic.twitter.com/hedH6FH2xQ
— ANI (@ANI) March 4, 2019
Cricket was first played in the Asian Games in the 2010 and 2014 editions but was dropped in the recent 2018 Asian Games which was played in Indonesia.
Cricketing powerhouse India hasn’t participated in the Asian Games due to its packed schedule. The major event is yet far away so the BCCI (Board of Cricket Control in India) has still a lot of time to deliberate.
“There is a lot of time to go for the 2022 Asian Games. In due time, we will discuss and decide,” a BCCI official told PTI.
The decision to include cricket in the 2022 programme was on expected lines after OCA honorary vice-president Randhir Singh visited Hangzhou last month to zero in on a suitable venue.
Cricket is set for a return at the Asian Games after it was included in the sports programme for the 2022 edition in Hangzhou. India cricket team’s participation is yet to be discussed and confirmed.#cricket #asiancricket #asiangames #t20 #indiancricket #bcci #acc pic.twitter.com/TroyW476DK
— The Cricket Administrator (@TheCricAdmin) March 4, 2019
Teams which earlier participated at the Games’ event
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, South Korea and Sri Lanka were the countries that had participated in the men’s team event.
In the 2010 event held in Guangzhou, Bangladesh bagged the gold beating Afghanistan whereas, in the 2014 edition, Sri Lanka won the gold medal.
Women’s teams from Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Thailand participated in the two events. Both the times, Pakistan won the gold medal and Bangladesh was the runner up.
Cricket has also been played once at the Commonwealth Games, in 1998, when India and Pakistan sent teams to Kuala Lumpur. However, the Shaun Pollock-led South Africa won the gold and Australia, captained by Steve Waugh, the silver.
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