Cricket at Asian Games 2023 will start on September 19 and conclude on October 7 in Hangzhou, China.
As many as 14 teams will compete in the women’s cricket event at Asian Games 2023, which is scheduled to be held in the T20 format from September 19 to September 28.
Hosts China, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Nepal, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Bhutan, Oman and Singapore are the 14 women’s teams that will battle for the gold medal in the 19th edition of the Asian Games.
Harmanpreet Kaur will captain the Indian women’s cricket team while Smriti Mandhana has been named her deputy at Asian Games 2023.
Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh and Rajeshwari Gayakwad are some of the notable names that have been included in the 15-member Indian women’s squad.
Harleen Deol, Kashvee Gautam, Sneh Rana, Saika Ishaque and Pooja Vastrakar are the five stand-by players announced for the women’s cricket tournament at Asian Games 2023.
Earlier, the Indian women’s cricket team made their debut in a multi-sport event at the Commonwealth Games 2022 held in Birmingham, England. The Harmanpreet Kaur-led side bagged silver after losing to Australia in the final.
Meanwhile, the men’s cricket event at Asian Games 2023 will start on September 28 and end on October 7 in Hangzhou.
A total of 18 men’s cricket teams will feature in the upcoming Asian Games. China, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Nepal, Hong Kong, Oman, Malaysia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Indonesia and Bhutan.
All teams will be seeded on the basis of their ICC T20I rankings as of June 1, 2023.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to field a second-string side with the ICC World Cup 2023 starting on October 5 in India.
The Indian men’s cricket team will be led by Ruturaj Gaikwad in Asiad 2023.
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rinku Singh, Tilak Varma, Washington Sundar, Arshdeep Singh and Shivam Mavi are some of the notable inclusions in India's 15-member men’s squad.
Yash Thakur, Sai Kishore, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda and Sai Sudarsan are the five stand-by players for the men’s tournament.
All cricket matches at Asian Games 2023 will be played at the Zhejiang University of Technology Pingfeng Field.
Cricket has been played at Asian Games twice before at Guangzhou 2010 and Incheon 2014.
While Bangladesh won the men’s event in 2010, Sri Lanka emerged victorious in 2014. On the other hand, Pakistan won both the women’s events in 2010 and 2014.
Asian Games 2023 Indian women’s cricket team squad
Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh (wicket-keeper), Amanjot Kaur, Devika Vaidya, Anjali Sarvani, Titas Sadhu, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Minnu Mani, Kanika Ahuja, Uma Chetry (wicket-keeper), Anusha Bareddy
Standby players: Harleen Deol, Kashvee Gautam, Sneh Rana, Saika Ishaque, Pooja Vastrakar
Asian Games 2023 Indian men’s cricket team squad
Ruturaj Gaikwad (captain), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rahul Tripathi, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wicket-keeper), Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar, Shivam Mavi, Shivam Dube, Prabhsimran Singh (wicket-keeper)
Standby players: Yash Thakur, Sai Kishore, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Sai Sudarsan
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