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Cricket to be included in Asian Games

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Cricket will be returning to the next Asian Games at Hangzhou 2022.

Cricket will be making its entry after the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) added it to its sports programme for the next edition of the continental event. Cricket has struggled to grow beyond its traditional bases and was last played at the Olympics in the 1900 Paris Games.

Cricket was added back for Hangzhou at the OCA general assembly in Bangkok. The ICC has been pushing for the game’s Olympic return with the shortest 20-over format and hopes to find a place at the 2028 Games in Los Angeles. Cricket will return to the next Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) added it to its sports programme for the next edition of the continental event. Cricket has struggled to grow beyond its traditional bases and was last played at the in the 1900 Paris Games. International Cricket Council (ICC) has been pushing for the game’s Olympic return with the shortest 20-over format and hopes it will find a place at the 2028 Games in Los Angeles.

The Asian Games remains the largest multi-sports event that features cricket and Guangzhou 2010 and Incheon 2014 included both men’s and women’s competitions. Cricket was, however dropped for the Games in Jakarta-Palembang last year but was added back for Hangzhou at the OCA general assembly in Bangkok, where Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was re-elected president of the OCA unopposed for an eighth term.
Cricket made its maiden appearance in the Commonwealth Games in 1998 when the South African men’s team won the gold medal in Kuala Lumpur but has not featured in the quadrennial competition since then. The ICC has submitted a bid for the inclusion of women’s Twenty20 in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is open to cricket’s inclusion provided all top teams compete but the Indian cricket board (BCCI), the game’s richest and most influential, has been rather reluctant. It is said that The powerful BCCI fears it might lose its autonomy and be answerable to the country’s Olympic committee.

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