The gentleman’s game will be coming back in the Asian Games in Hangzhou 2022, but the probability of Indian men’s and women’s cricket teams playing in the Asian Games 2022 is kind of very low and the reason for the low probability is schedule clashes.
Both the men’s and women’s cricket tournaments in the 2022 Asian Games, will kick off from September 10th and will end on the 25th of the same month, will be played in a 20-over format. Cricket was last played at the Asian Games in the year 2014.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in an official statement that the board will make a decision on the participation of the Indian men’s and women’s cricketing teams in the Asian Games later.
“As far as the Asian Games in Hangzhou is concerned, a final decision on whether to send both men’s and women’s teams will be taken later and based on our existing commitments,” Shah told Reuters.
Shah also said that India honouring bilateral commitments was particularly important in a post-Covid world.
“The BCCI has always stood by member boards and helped them in these difficult times,” Shah added. “The board firmly believes in honouring its bilateral commitments. We are committed to our fans here in India and it is absolutely important that we safeguard our home season. The FTP [Future Tours Programme] that has been created it needs to be adhered to.”
Cricket’s return to the Asian Games is seen as a beacon of opportunity positive step for the International Cricket Council’s push for cricket’s inclusion in the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.