Cricket has been scrapped from next Asian Games event which will be hosted in Indonesia’s Jakarta and Palembang next year. A few more sports are also scrapped. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ এশিয়ান গেমসে থাকছে না ক্রিকেট?]
Cricket was introduced in Asian Games in 2010. In that edition in Guangzhou, men’s cricket team earned gold medal, Bangladesh’s only gold medal in Asian Games. The women’s team won silver medal in the same event. While in the last edition in 2014 in Incheon, Bangladesh men’s cricket team could only manage to win bronze medal.
An Olympic Committee of Asia (OCA) circular has said that cricket will not be a part of the 2018 edition as the OCA decides to cut down sporting events.
“As you are aware, the OCA has been discussing with the Indonesia Asian Games Organising Committee (INASGOC) to reduce the sports programme of the 18th Asian Games to make it more cost effective. As per the agreement reached with INASGOC, the sports programme has now been reduced to 39 sports, 53 disciplines and 426 events,” director general Hisain Al Musallam wrote.
Bangladesh Olympic Association’s (BOA) director general Brigadier General Fakhruddin Haider confirmed that they received a letter from OCA in this regard.
He said, “We received a letter on April 20, which said that cricket, among a few sports, will be scrapped from the upcoming edition, while bridge will be added as a new sport.”
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Cricket Board was not concerned about it. International Cricket Council (ICC)’s chief executive has informed that it is not yet finalised. The ICC will discuss with the organisers next week.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com