The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly confirmed to send both the men’s and women’s cricket teams to compete in the Asian Games 2023 in China, marking the first time Indian cricket teams will participate in this international multi-sport event.
Amidst these significant developments, potential key roles within the team are being considered. Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan may be at the helm, leading the Indian cricket team, while the former prolific batter VVS Laxman could be taking the reins as the head coach. These potential appointments are not yet finalised but have been discussed as confirmed by sources within the BCCI.
The potential inclusion of experienced figures such as Dhawan and Laxman would add a significant depth of experience and strategic nous to the Indian contingent. Their presence will be crucial to the team’s performance in the forthcoming Asian Games 2023.
While the Asian Games are a significant event, they are not governed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) so the matches won’t be recognised in international cricket records.
The staging of the Asian Games could potentially clash with other major cricket events including the Asia Cup and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. The latter, which is due to be hosted by India, is scheduled to take place from October 5 to November 23. On the other hand, the Asian Games are set to be held in Hangzhou, China, from September 23 to October 8.
This overlap poses significant logistical and strategic challenges for participating cricket teams, and their respective boards will need to carefully plan to ensure the best possible representation and performance in these events.
In the case of the Indian women’s team, they do not have any other commitments in September, aside from their domestic cricket schedule. The women’s team had previously participated in the Commonwealth Games 2022 held in Birmingham.