Shikhar Dhawan set to lead India at Asian Games post ODI squad omission

Shikhar Dhawan

After extensive discussions, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given the approval for the participation of both the men’s and women’s teams in the upcoming Asian Games, which will take place in Hangzhou from September to October. However, due to the proximity of the ODI World Cup, which begins in early October, the BCCI is hesitant to send its main team and is considering fielding a second-string squad led by Shikhar Dhawan for the tournament. On the other hand, a full-strength women’s team is expected to represent India in the competition.

It is worth noting that the Asian Games last included cricket in 2014, held in Incheon, where India declined to participate. However, there has been a change in stance over the past nine years. The BCCI’s upcoming Apex Council Meeting on July 7 will make the final decision regarding Shikhar Dhawan’s captaincy for the Asian Games. Additionally, the council members will discuss the “policy for retired players for participation in overseas leagues” during the meeting.

BCCI ACM is going to have a lot to discuss

The current regulation prohibits Indian players from participating in foreign leagues. However, players have chosen to retire early in order to join teams in other T20 leagues. The recent case of Ambati Rayudu retiring from the IPL. To join the Texas Super Kings in Major League Cricket is a concern for the board. They aim to prevent other players from announcing premature retirements and following a similar path in the future.

The board members will also discuss broadcasting and jersey sponsorship. Currently, the team lacks a TV broadcaster for the home season. And the departure of BYJU’s as the lead sponsor has also posed challenges. In fact, the Rohit Sharma-led side competed in the World Test Championship final without a primary sponsor.

Te playing conditions for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy will be finalized. There is a possibility of implementing the Impact Player Rule in the upcoming season.

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