Cricket included in Hangzhou Asian Games 2022
Cricket is all set to make a comeback at the Asian Games.
The decision was taken at the OCA’s General Assembly in Bangkok on Sunday following Olympic Council of Asia’s decision to include the game in the 2022 Asian Games, scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China.
The last time cricket featured in the Asian Games was in the 2010 and 2014. The twenty-20 format is likely to be played at the Asian Games same like the 2010 and 2014 edition in Guangzhou and Incheon respectively.
OCA honorary vice president Randhir Singh said while talking to PTI,
“Yes, cricket has been included in the sports programme for the 2022 Hangzhou Games.”
Bangladesh and Pakistan were the gold medalists in the men’s and women’s event in 2010 Asian Games while Sri Lanka and Pakistan were winners in men’s and women’s departments in 2014 respectively.
Cricket had also been played at the Commonwealth Games, in 1998. India had sent its teams to participate. The team to clinch gold was South Africa, then led by Shaun Pollock.
Since the mega event is still some years away, the BCCI has plenty of time to deliberate on the Indian team’s participation.
“There is a lot of time to go for 2022 Asian Games. In due time, we will discuss and decide,” a BCCI official told PTI.
In another major decision taken at the OCA General Assembly on Sunday, it was announced that countries in Oceania, including Australia, will be invited to compete at the Asian Games. The number of athletes from Oceania to be allowed to compete in Hangzhou will be decided at a later date, it was reported.