The BCCI is unlikely to come to a decision anytime quickly on whether or now not to send India’s men’s and ladies teams for the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. Cricket will characteristic at the video games for the primary time when you consider that 2014 after an assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) popular assembly in Bangkok on Sunday took the selection to reintroduce the sport at the quadrennial event.
At the 2014 version in Incheon, while Cricket changed into remaining played at the Asian Games, Sri Lanka won the guys’ gold even as Pakistan bagged the girls’ gold. India did now not ship both the men or the ladies’ team for the event.
“Yes, the OCA trendy assembly have permitted cricket as one of the disciplines for the Hangzhou Games in 2022. We now hope that India in conjunction with different top international locations like Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Afghanistan will actively decide to participate in each the men’s and girls event,” OCA honorary vice-president Randhir Singh told CricketNext from Bangkok on Monday.
The BCCI, although, has responded cautiously to the development.
“The 2022 Games are nevertheless more than three years away. Hopefully, through then we’ll have an elected Apex Council in an area, and then we can take a name on whether or not we can participate in the occasion,” a senior BCCI professional told CricketNext.
In 2014, the BCCI did now not send a crew due to the fact the dates for the Asian Games have been clashing with the now-defunct Champions League T20 event. Surprisingly, the Indian girls’ team were also no longer sent for the occasion, although they had been now not playing a chain on time.
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC), the world body to be answerable for working with the OCA to prepare cricket on the 2022 Games, can be in a catch 22 situation. According to ICC’s Future Tours Program released till 2023, the 2022 Asia Cup in to be held tentatively among September 19 to 30, 2022 while the Asian Games will run among September 10 to twenty-five, 2022.
“It’s too early to mention how we can training session matters for the Asian Games. For course, it’s far a big occasion, but the ICC FTP is also packed, so it will be hard to deal with the Asia Cup at some other time. We’ll discuss the problem inside the subsequent ACC assembly,” a senior ACC professional stated.
The BCCI is presently run using the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and certainly one of its members, former India women captain Diana Edulji, turned into amongst those to have spoken in favor of sending the ladies’ crew to the 2014 Asian Games.
“The guys can be busy with other commitments, but it’s miles perplexing to see the ladies’ group now not gambling. A medal on the Asian Games would have not most effective brought economic rewards and perks from the government to girls cricketers; however additionally given them glory and admire,” Edulji had stated lower back in 2014.
Another be counted of difficulty for the BCCI is that they might be termed World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) non-compliant if they retain to resist on sending their samples to National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) in India. The BCCI appearing secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said in Mumbai resolving the struggle among BCCI and the WADA changed into an urgent depend.
“That is a difficulty. The international frame (WADA) has been in speak with ICC for a while, and the difficulty is that all participating international locations in the ICC ought to align with the country wide trying out authority,” Chaudhary stated. “The best member of the ICC which has so far resisted it, and for motives widely known, is the BCCI and consequently there may be a slight urgency on that matter. The ICC has been knowledgeable, and the ICC chairman is of the view that he will soon have a speak with the BCCI itself thinking about the urgency of the problem least the ICC be declared non-compliant.”
Asked if the WADA non-compliance may be an issue in India’s participation in Asian Games, the OCA vice-president Singh said, “I am certain the BCCI will resolve the state of affairs faster as opposed to later. However, if it is still pending, we’ll try and solve it with the assist of OCA, IOA, and BCCI.”