Cricket at the Asian Games

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The team sport of Cricket became a medal sport at the 2010 Asian Games. The last time cricket featured in a major multi-sport event was at the 1998 Commonwealth Games held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The gold medal was won on that occasion by South Africa, who defeated Australia by 4 wickets in the final with New Zealand winning the bronze medal. At a general meeting of the Olympic Council of Asia, held in Kuwait on 17 April 2007, it was announced that cricket would be included as a medal sport in the 2010 Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou. Matches would be played on a Twenty20, 20-overs per side format.

Following the announcement, Asian Cricket Council Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Huq said "Cricket will receive a major boost across Asia and in particular China, as a result of this enlightened decision. The Asian Cricket Council pledges its support to the Guangzhou games organizers in order to make the event a success."

Asian cricketing powerhouses Pakistan and India have been the drivers behind the inclusion of cricket in the Asian Games. The Test status nations in the Asian Cricket Council, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka would compete with the initial plan that the Associate teams such as Nepal would also be invited to play in the inaugural competition. China will compete as the host nation[1] which serves as a boost for the Chinese Cricket Association which has boldly stated its ambition of China becoming a force in one-day cricket by the 2019 World Cup.

The plans for including Associate/Affiliate nations in the Asian Games was later changed, along with the format that the competition would take place in, changing from 50 over matches to Twenty20 matches. It was decided that the 2009 ACC Twenty20 Cup would serve as the pre-tournament qualifying competition. Afghanistan qualified as winners of the tournament along with the national teams of Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

Summary[edit]

Men[edit]

Year Host Final Third place match
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd place Score 4th place
2010
details
China
Guangzhou

Bangladesh
5 wickets
Afghanistan

Pakistan
6 wickets
Sri Lanka
2014
details
South Korea
Incheon

Sri Lanka
68 runs
Afghanistan

Bangladesh
27 runs
Hong Kong

Women[edit]

Year Host Final Third place match
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd place Score 4th place
2010
details
China
Guangzhou

Pakistan
10 wickets
Bangladesh

Japan
7 wickets
China
2014
details
South Korea
Incheon

Pakistan
4 runs
Bangladesh

Sri Lanka
5 wickets
China

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Pakistan (PAK) 2 0 1 3
2  Bangladesh (BAN) 1 2 1 4
3  Sri Lanka (SRI) 1 0 1 2
4  Afghanistan (AFG) 0 2 0 2
5  Japan (JPN) 0 0 1 1
Total 4 4 4 12

Participating nations[edit]

Legend
  • QF — Quarterfinals
  • R1 — Round 1

Men[edit]

Team China
2010
South Korea
2014
Years
 Afghanistan 2nd 2nd 2
 Bangladesh 1st 3rd 2
 China QF R1 2
 Hong Kong QF 4th 2
 Kuwait QF 1
 Malaysia QF QF 1
 Maldives R1 R1 2
   Nepal QF QF 2
 Pakistan 3rd 1
 South Korea QF 1
 Sri Lanka 4th 1st 2
Total 9 10

Women[edit]

Team China
2010
South Korea
2014
Years
 Bangladesh 2nd 2nd 2
 China 4th X 2
 Hong Kong R1 QF 2
 Japan 3rd QF 2
 Malaysia R1 R1 2
   Nepal R1 X 2
 Pakistan 1st 1st 2
 South Korea R1 1
 Sri Lanka 3rd 1
 Thailand R1 X 2
Total 8 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ China catches cricket bug ahead of Asian Games debut BBC 13 November 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2010.

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