Asian Games 2023
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Shikhar Dhawan Likely To Lead And VVS Laxman To Coach In Asia Games 2023: After being out from the Indian side for a few days, left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan is now anticipated to be given more responsibility. Dhawan is set to lead the Indian men’s squad in the Asian Games. Which will take place in China from September 23 through October 8. Apart from that, VVS Laxman, the NCA’s Head of Cricket, is anticipated to serve in a coaching capacity in this competition.

Dhawan has a stellar record in multi-nation events, having amassed 537 runs in 10 innings in the ICC ODI World Cup. Dhawan is the leading run-scorer for India in their ICC Champions Trophy victory in 2013. In 163 ODI innings, Dhawan has an average of 44.11, with 17 hundred and 39 half-centuries.

Shubman Gill’s rise in the Indian ODI team has pushed Dhawan out of recent appearances. Dhawan scored three runs in his final ODI against Bangladesh on December 10, 2022.

However, the Punjab Kings (PBKS) captain has already led India in 12 matches, winning seven of them. In the ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka in 2021, Dhawan was selected as India’s captain for the first time. Dhawan is anticipated to captain the Indian second-string squad. As the first-team players and head coach Rahul Dravid will be preoccupied with the ICC World Cup 2023.

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Asian Games 2023

The BCCI already decided to send both men’s and women’s teams to the Asia Games 2023. Which will be hosted in China’s Hangzhou from September 23 to October 8.

The Asian Games, in particular, may overlap with competitions such as the Asia Cup and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. ODI World Cup will be held in India from October 5 to November 23 across 10 venues while the Asian Games 2023 are scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China, from 23 September to 8 October .

In the meanwhile, the India Women’s Cricket Team will have no other obligations in September other from domestic cricket. This implies that BCCI will send the main women’s squad as well as the Men’s B team to Hangzhou for the blockbuster tournament.

Asian Games do not fall under the jurisdiction of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and will not be acknowledged in international cricket.

Cricket was last played in the Asian Games in 2014, in Incheon, South Korea. Cricket was withdrawn from the list in Jakarta in 2018. Indian teams have not competed in the competition in nine years.

The last time when Indian women’s team participated in a multisport competition. They finished second, losing the gold medal match against Australia by nine runs, at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.