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Why India's Cricket Team Skipped The 2014 Asian Games

Why India's Cricket Team Skipped The 2014 Asian Games



Why did the Indian cricket team not participate in the on-going Asian Games at Incheon, South Korea?


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“While Pakistan and India pushed for the inclusion of cricket in Asian Games, they backed off later,” cricket expert Ayaz Memon said on Boom News’s show #Cricket-O-Mania.


“They should have gone for two reasons: one, there was a good chance of winning a gold medal; second, the idea of ICC/BCCI is to promote the game,” Memon said, and added: “India has enough bench strength to have sent a team.”


Sports journalist Abhishek Dubey felt it was an amazing opportunity to globalise the game but unfortunately it has not happened.


Memon was of the opinion that BCCI has been back-pedalling on the idea of including cricket in Olympics. Dubey added: “The entire onus of promoting cricket lies on BCCI.”


Memon further said that while BCCI and Indian Olympics Association (IOA) do not see eye-to-eye on various issues, star players also don’t seem too enthused by the idea.


“We have to win more gold medals; our cricket team should have been there for that,” Dubey said.


(Image courtesy: BCCI)




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