The BCCI is unlikely to decide anytime quickly whether or not to send India’s men’s and ladies teams for the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. Cricket will be 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 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 has permitted cricket as one of the disciplines for the Hangzhou Games in 2022. In conjunction with different top international locations like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, we now hope that India 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. 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 was 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 for the 2022 Games, can be in a catch 22 situation. According to ICC’s Future Tours Program released till 2023, the 2022 Asia Cup is held tentatively from September 19 to 30, 2022, while the Asian Games will run from September 10 to twenty-five, 2022.
“It’s too early to mention how we can training session matters for the Asian Games. Of 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). 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 effectively 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 difficulty for the BCCI is that they might be termed World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) non-compliant if they retain to resist sending their samples to National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) in India. The BCCI appearing secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said in Mumbai resolving the struggle between 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 should align with the countrywide 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 lest 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.”