Asian Games 2023: Everything you need to know

Both men's and women's cricket events will be organised at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.

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Mascots of Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.
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Mascots of Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. (Photo Source: Fang Jianfei/VCG via Getty Images)

The men's cricket event in the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China will see 15 teams battling it out for the top honours. The event gets underway on September 27, with the bronze and gold medal match will be played on October 7. On the other hand, the women's event will be played between Spetember 19 to 25, with eight participants set to fight for the medals.

For the unversed, cricket was part of the Asian Games in 2010 and 2014. However, in 2018, the sport was absent from the Asian Games. Much to the delight of the cricket fans, the sport is back and will promises to be an intriguing spectacle.

By virtue of their respective ICC rankings, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh have directly progressed to the quarterfinals. The remaining 11 teams will try to grab the four spots available in the last-eight stage of the competition.

The other 11 teams include Afghanistan, Mongolia, Cambodia, Japan, Nepal, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Bahrain, and Maldives. These teams have been divided into four groups and the group winners will only make the cut for the quarterfinals. Similar to men's event, the women teams of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have gained direct entry into the quarter-finals.

As the ODI World Cup is set to begin on October 5 in India, teams like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan are sending second-string teams to compete in the Asian Games 2023. However, there is no lack of cricketing talent in some of these teams as was evident during the Emerging Men's Asia Cup earlier this year.

India have given opportunities to some of their rising stars who have done exceedingly well in the Indian Premier League and domestic cricket in recent times. Ruturaj Gaikwad has been named as the skipper and he will have the likes of Rinku Singh, Shivam Dube, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and many more quality cricketers in his team.

Pakistan will be led by uncapped Qasim Akram in the competition. However, there is enough experience in the form of players like Asif Ali and Mohammad Hasnain. Players like Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Usman Qadir, and Shahnawaz Dahani have decent experience of playing in international cricket. Some of the players who were part of the Pakistan side that won the Emerging Asia Cup have also been named in the squad for the Asian Games like Omair Bin Yousuf and Arshad Iqbal, among others.

Sri Lanka will be led by Sahan Arachchige, who replaced Maheesh Theekshana in the Asia Cup 2023 squad, ahead of the final against India last week. Experienced players like Ashen Bandara and Nuwan Thushara will have to guide a lot of younger players present on the side.

 Opening batter Saif Hassan will be leading the Bangladesh side which features experienced campaigners like Yasir Ali and Mosaddek Hossain. The exciting Tanzim Hasan Sakib, who made a sparkling international debut against India in the Asia Cup, will be one of the players to watch out for because of his ability to swing the ball in both directions.

Asian Games 2023 Men's Qualifying Groups

Group/Phase Teams
Group A Afghanistan, Mongolia
Group B Cambodia, Japan, Nepal
Group C Hong Kong China, Singapore, Thailand
Group D Malaysia, Bahrain, Maldives
Quarter-finals - direct entry India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh

Asian Games 2023 Women's Qualifying Groups

Group/Phase Team
Group A Indonesia, Mongolia
Group B Hong Kong China, Malaysia
Quarter-finals - direct entry India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh

Asian Games 2023 Men's Schedule:

Date Match Group/Phase Time
September 27, Wednesday Nepal vs Japan B 6:30 AM
September 27, Wednesday Hong Kong, China vs Singapore C 11:30 AM
September 28, Thursday Malaysia vs Bahrain D 6:30 AM
September 28, Thursday Japan vs Cambodia B 11:30 AM
September 29, Friday Maldives vs Malaysia D 6:30 AM
September 29, Friday Singapore vs Thailand C 11:30 AM
October 1, Sunday Afghanistan vs Mongolia A 6:30 AM
October 1, Sunday Cambodia vs Nepal B 11:30 AM
October 2, Monday Thailand vs Hong Kong, China C 6:30 AM
October 2, Monday Bahrain vs Maldives D 11:30 AM
October 3, Tuesday India (1st ranked team) vs TBD Quarter-final 1 6:30 AM
October 3, Tuesday Pakistan (2nd ranked team) vs TBD Quarter-final 2 11:30 AM
October 4, Wednesday Sri Lanka (3rd ranked team) vs TBD Quarter-final 3 6:30 AM
October 4, Wednesday Bangladesh (4th ranked team) vs TBD Quarter-final 4 11:30 AM
October 6, Friday Winner QF 1 vs Winner QF 4 Semi-final 1 6:30 AM
October 6, Friday Winner QF 2 vs Winner QF 3 Semi-final 2 11:30 AM
October 7, Saturday Loser SF 1 vs Loser SF 2 3rd/4th match (Bronze medal playoff) 6:30 AM
October 7, Saturday Winner SF 1 vs Winner SF 2 Final (Gold medal match) 11:30 AM

*All the matches will be played at the Zhejiang University of Technology Pingfeng Cricket Field, China.

Asian Games 2023 Women's Schedule:

Date Match Group/Phase Time
September 19, Tuesday Indonesia vs Mongolia A 6:30 AM
September 19, Tuesday Hong Kong, China vs Malaysia B 11:30 AM
September 20, Wednesday Loser match 1 vs Loser match 2 Quarter-final qualifier 6:30 AM
September 21, Thursday India (1st ranked team) vs TBD Quarter-final 1 6:30 AM
September 21, Thursday Pakistan (2nd ranked team) vs TBD Quarter-final 2 11:30 AM
September 22, Friday Sri Lanka (3rd ranked team) vs TBD Quarter-final 3 6:30 AM
September 22, Friday Bangladesh (4th ranked team) vs TBD Quarter-final 4 11:30 AM
September 24, Sunday Winner QF 1 vs Winner QF 4 Semi-final 1 6:30 AM
September 24, Sunday Winner QF 2 vs Winner QF 3 Semi-final 2 11:30 AM
September 25, Monday Loser SF 1 vs Loser SF 2 3rd/4th match (Bronze medal playoff) 6:30 AM
September 25, Monday Winner SF 1 vs Winner SF 2 Final (Gold medal match) 11:30 AM

Asian Games Men's 2023 full squad:

India Men's Squad For Asian Games 2023: Ruturaj Gaikwad (captain), Shivam Dube, Prabhsimran Singh (wicketkeeper), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jitesh Sharma (wicketkeeper), Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar, Rahul Tripathi, Shahbaz Ahmed, Rinku Singh, Arshdeep Singh, Akash Deep

Pakistan Men's Squad For Asian Games 2023: Qasim Akram (captain), Omair Bin Yousuf (vice-captain), Aamir Jamal, Arafat Minhas, Arshad Iqbal, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Mirza Tahir Baig, Mohammad Hasnain, Muhammad Akhlaq (wk), Rohail Nazir, Shahnawaz Dahani, Sufiyan Muqeem, Usman Qadir.

Non-travelling reserves - Abdul Wahid Bangalzai, Mehran Mumtaz, Mohammad Imran Jnr, Muhammad Irfan Khan Niazi and Mubasir Khan

Sri Lanka Men's Squad For Asian Games 2023: Lasith Croospulle, Shevon Daniel, Ashen Bandara, Sahan Arachichige (captain), Ahan Wickramasinghe, Lahiru Udara (wicketkeeper), Ravindu Fernando, Ranitha Liyanarachchi, Nuwanidu Fernando, Sachitha Jayatilake, Vijaykanth Viyaskanth, Nimesh Vimukthi, Lahiru Samarakoon, Nuwan Thushara, Isitha Wijesundera

Bangladesh Men's Squad For Asian Games 2023: Saif Hassan (captain), Jaker Ali, Yasir Ali, Mrittunjoy Chowdhury, Parvez Hossain Emon, Zakir Hasan, Rakibul Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Rishad Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Tanvir Islam, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Sumon Khan, Ripon Mondol, Tanzim Hasan Sakib

Nepal Men's Squad For Asian Games 2023: Rohit Paudel (captain), Aasif Sheikh, Kushal Bhurtel, Kushal Malla, Sandeep Jora, Binod Bhandari, Dipendra Singh Airee, Bibek Yadav, Gulshan Jha, Karan KC, Sompal Kami, Sandeep Lamichhane, Pratish GC, Lalit Rajbanshi, Avinash Bohara

Japan Men's Squad For Asian Games 2023: Kendel Kadowaki-Fleming (captain), Ryan Drake, Kazuma Kato-Stafford, Shogo Kimura, Kouhei Kubota, Wataru Miyauchi, Reo Sakurano-Thomas, Alexander Shirai-Patmore, Declan Suzuki-McComb, Muneeb Siddique Mian, Tsuyoshi Takada, Ibrahim Takahashi, Makoto Taniyama, Ashley Thurgate, Lachlan Yamamoto-Lake. Reserves: Kento Ota-Dobell, Marcus Thurgate, Jun Yamashita

Singapore Men's Squad For Asian Games 2023: Navin Param, Abdul Rahman Bhadelia, Aryaman Uchil, Ishaan Paul Sawney, Aahan Achar, Rezza Gaznavi (captain), Chetan Suryawanshi, Janak Prakash, Avi Dixit, Anantha Krishna, Anish Paraam, Vinoth Baskaran, Rohan Rangarajan, Raoul Sharma, Sachin Banamali, Daksh T, Arjun Murteja, Harsh Venkat, Advait Bhargava, Kabir Berlia, Thilipan Omadurai, Glen M

Hong Kong Men's Squad For Asian Games 2023: Nizakat Khan (captain), Adil Mehmood, Akbar Khan, Anas Khan, Ayush Shukla, Babar Hayat, Eshan Khan, Hamed Khan, Mohammad Ghazanfar, Mohammad Hassan Khan, Muhammad Khan, Nasrullah Rana, Niaz Ali, Shahid Wasif, Shiv Mathur

Malaysia Men's Squad For Asian Games 2023: Raoul Sharma, Ishaan Paul Sawney, Aman Desai, Abdul Rahman Bhadelia, Uchil Aryaman Sunil, Janak Prakash, Rohan Rangarajan, Avi Dixit, Aahan Gopinath Achar, Navin Michael S Param, Rezza Gaznavi, Anish Edward Paraam, Arjun Mutreja, Suryawanshi Chetan Ramchandra

Afghanistan Men's Squad For Asian Games 2023: TBA

Cambodia Men's Squad For Asian Games 2023: TBA

Mongolia Men's Squad For Asian Games 2023: TBA

Thailand Men's Squad For Asian Games 2023: TBA

Bahrain Men's Squad For Asian Games 2023: TBA

Maldives Men's Squad For Asian Games 2023: TBA

Asian Cup 2023 Broadcast and Live Stream details:

The fans will get to see cricketing action from the upcoming Asian Games 2023 on Sony Sports Network TV channels. The live stream will be available on Sony Liv.

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