The 16th Asian Games, part of the worldwide
Olympic movement and governed by the Olympic Council of Asia, has
added Cricket to the rostrum of sports to be played at the Asian Games.
The decision to approve a proposal to include Cricket
in Guangzhou was taken at the Olympic Council of Asia’s General
Assembly in Kuwait this week.
Both men’s and
women’s cricket teams will participate in the Games. Cricket will
be played in the twenty-twenty format. Four one-day playing Asian
countries will include:
(host nation automatically qualifies)
Other Asian countries will have to play a qualifying round to
fight it out for additional three spots.
President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said, "India and Pakistan
were the drivers. Pakistan and India will come with their best
teams because it will be a big competition.”
playing nations have committed to sending their “best available
Forty-two disciplines will be featured in
Guangzhou, three more than in the 2006 Doha Games, including some
uniquely Asian sports as Kabaddi, Sepaktakraw, Chess and Wushu.
The Olympics has 28 disciplines.
The Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games will be
played from November 12 to November 27 in 2010. Though India,
Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be involved in home Test and ODI
series during that month according to the ICC’s Future Tour
Program, it is hoped that once a schedule for the
Twenty20 competition in Guangzhou is developed some of the best
players for that format will be available.
the Asian Games, competing countries cannot include expatriate
players as only national passport holders can play in the Asian
and Olympic Games. Cricket has not been played at the Olympics
since the 1900 Games in Paris when Great Britain beat France to
win the gold medal.
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