Cricket Current Affairs - 2019

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Cricket to be re-introduced in Asian Games

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has decided to reintroduce Cricket in the 2022 Asian Games to be held at Hangzhou, China.

Cricket in Asian Games

  • Earlier Cricket had featured in 2010 and 2014 Asian Games but was dropped from the 2018 Asian Games.
  • In all probabilities mostly T20 version of cricket would be introduced in the Asian Games like it happened during the 2010 and 2014 edition in Guangzhou and Incheon respectively.
  • In 2014, Sri Lanka and Pakistan won the men’s and women’s gold and in 2010 Bangladesh and Pakistan claimed the top honours.
  • Indian Cricket Teams did not participate in both the editions.

In another major decision, the OCA has agreed to invite Oceania countries including Australia to compete at the 2022 Asian Games. Oceania athletes participation is limited to sports which qualify for the 2024 Olympics through Asia, including volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball, soccer and fencing.

Asian Games

Asian Games, also known as Asiad is a  multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia.  Asian Games are organised by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) in association with the host nation. Asian Games are recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and are described as the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games. The first Asian Games were held at  New Delhi, India in 1951.

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Chris Gayle Announces Retirement from ODIs

West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle has announced his retirement from the ODI format after the 2019 World Cup.  

About Chris Gayle

  • Chris Gayle has played 284 ODIs in his 19-year long career. He has scored 9,727 runs at an average of 37.12.
  • He has scored 49 fifties and 23 centuries at a strike rate of 85.52.
  • The explosive batsman is the second-leading ODI run scorer just behind the legendary Brian Lara. 
  • He holds the record for most centuries (23) by a West Indian in the ODI format.
  • He is the only West Indian player to score a double ton and the first to score at a World Cup
  • Gayle has been included in the team for the up-coming ODI Series against England. Last time he featured in the national team was in July 2018 against Bangladesh.

About ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

The ICC Cricket World Cup is the international championship of One Day International cricket. The tournament is held every four years and is organized by the International Cricket Council or the ICC. The 2019 Cricket World Cup will be the 12th edition and is scheduled to be held in England and Wales from 30th May to 14th July 2019. The last World Cup was held in 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. Australia is the defending Champion of the trophy. 

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