The BCCI is not going to decide every time quickly on whether or not or now not to ship India’s men’s and girls groups for the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. Cricket will feature at the video games for the primary time considering that 2014 after a meeting of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) fashionable meeting assembly in Bangkok on Sunday decided to reintroduce the sport at the quadrennial occasion.
At the 2014 version in Incheon, while Cricket turned into remaining performed at the Asian Games, Sri Lanka received the guys’ gold while Pakistan bagged the women’s gold. India did now not ship both the guys or the women’s group for the occasion.
“Yes, the OCA general assembly has approved 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 both the men’s and women’s event,” OCA honorary vice-president Randhir Singh instructed CricketNext from Bangkok on Monday.
The BCCI, though, has spoken back cautiously to the development.
“The 2022 Games are nevertheless extra than three years away. Hopefully, via then we’ll have an elected Apex Council in the region after which we can take a name on whether we will participate within the occasion,” a senior BCCI respectable advised CricketNext.
In 2014, the BCCI did no longer ship a team due to the fact the dates for the Asian Games have been clashing with the now-defunct Champions League T20 tournament. Surprisingly, the Indian girls’ group have also been no longer sent for the occasion, although they have been not playing a chain on time.
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC), the world body as a way to be accountable for working with the OCA to prepare cricket at the 2022 Games, might be in a catch 22 situation. According to ICC’s Future Tours Program launched until 2023, the 2022 Asia Cup in to be held tentatively among September 19 to 30, 2022 even as the Asian Games will run between September 10 to 25, 2022.
“It’s too early to say how we can workout matters for the Asian Games. For route, it is a huge event, but the ICC FTP is also packed, so it’ll be tough to deal with the Asia Cup at any other time. We’ll speak the matter within the subsequent ACC meeting,” a senior ACC reputable stated.
The BCCI is presently run through the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and one among its contributors, former India women captain Diana Edulji, was amongst those to have spoken in favor of sending the ladies’ crew to the 2014 Asian Games.
“The men might be busy with other commitments. However, it is confusing to see the ladies’ group no longer playing. A medal at the Asian Games would have not best delivered monetary rewards and perks from the authorities to women cricketers; however also given them glory and admire,” Edulji had stated back in 2014.
Another matter of situation for the BCCI is that they are probably termed World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) non-compliant if they maintain to face up to on sending their samples to National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) in India. The BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary stated in Mumbai resolving the battle among BCCI, and the WADA was a significant count number.
“That is an issue. The global frame (WADA) has been in dialogue with ICC for some time, and the difficulty is that everyone collaborating nations in the ICC need to align with the countrywide checking out authority,” Chaudhary stated. “The best member of the ICC which has up to now resisted it, and for motives well known, is the BCCI and consequently there’s a slight urgency on that be counted. The ICC has been knowledgeable, and the ICC chairman is of the view that he will soon have a dialogue with the BCCI itself thinking about the urgency of the matter least the ICC be declared non-compliant.”
Asked if the WADA non-compliance could be a problem in India’s participation in Asian Games, the OCA vice-president Singh said, “I am positive the BCCI will clear up the scenario faster instead of later. However, if it is nevertheless pending, we’ll try to solve it with the help of OCA, IOA, and BCCI.”