Cricket first debuted at the Asian Games in the 2010 edition, featuring both men’s and women’s events. However, after the 2014 Games, the sport took a break from the continental event. In 2023, cricket returns to the Asian Games with renewed enthusiasm and anticipation.
One of the most significant highlights of the 2023 Asian Games is the debut of the Indian women’s cricket team. This marks a historic moment for women’s cricket in India as they step onto the Asian Games stage for the first time. Including women’s cricket is a testament to the sport’s growing popularity and recognition.
Eight teams are set to compete for the coveted gold medal in Hangzhou, China. The top four Asian teams in the ICC Women’s T20I rankings, including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, will commence their campaign from the quarter-final round. The presence of these powerhouse teams promises thrilling clashes and intense competition.
A different path awaits the remaining four participating teams—Indonesia, Mongolia, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. They are divided into two groups, where each team will face off against the others. The losing teams from these group-stage matches will advance to the quarter-final qualifier. The results of these qualifiers will determine the quarter-final fixtures, setting the stage for knockout battles.
All women’s cricket matches of the 2023 Asian Games will take place at the picturesque Zhejiang University of Technology Pingfeng Cricket Field in Hangzhou. This state-of-the-art venue provides the perfect backdrop for the athletes to showcase their skills and compete at the highest level.
Cricket enthusiasts should mark their calendars for the grand finale. The gold-medal match is scheduled to take place on September 25, 2023. As the tournament progresses, the anticipation will only grow, leading to a thrilling climax where one team will etch their name in Asian Games history.
In the previous editions of the Asian Games, the Pakistan women’s cricket team secured gold medals in 2010 and 2014, while Bangladesh emerged as the runners-up on both occasions. Japan and Sri Lanka also earned the bronze medals in 2010 and 2014, respectively.
Women’s Cricket matches at the 2023 Asian Games will be televised on the Sony Sports Network in India. Also on the SonyLIV app and website in India.
Full Schedule For Women’s Cricket At Asian Games 2023:
Indonesia vs Mongolia (preliminary round, Group A)- 6:30 AM IST
Hong Kong vs Malaysia ((preliminary round, Group B)- 11:30 AM IST
Quarter Final Qualifier- 6:30 AM IST
Quarter-final 1- 6:30 AM IST
Quarter-final 2- 11:30 AM IST
Quarter-final 3- 6:30 AM IST
Quarter-final 4- 11:30 AM IST
Semi-final 1: QF1 Winner vs QF4 Winner- 6:30 AM IST
Semi-final 2: QF2 Winner vs QF3 Winner- 11:30 AM IST
Bronze Medal Match: SF1 loser vs SF2 loser- 6:30 AM IST
Gold Medal Match (Final): SF1 winner vs SF2 winner- 11:30 AM IST
India Women’s Full Squad For The 2023 Asian Games:
Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh (wicket-keeper), Amanjot Kaur, Devika Vaidya, Pooja Vastrakar, Titas Sadhu, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Minnu Mani, Kanika Ahuja, Uma Chetry (wicket-keeper), and Anusha Bareddy (Standby players: Harleen Deol, Kashvee Gautam, Sneh Rana, Saika Ishaque)