Former India cricketer and the current head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) VVS Laxman feels T20 cricket should be included in the Olympics in the near future. He expressed that it is the ideal format to be played in the quadrennial athletic festival.
VVS Laxman is in Hangzhou with the Indian Men’s second-string team for the Asian Games as the Head coach. This is India’s first appearance in the Men’s cricket event at the Asian Games. Ahead of their Quarter-Final match, VVS Laxman expressed hope of cricketing being included in the Olympics. He said as quoted by ANI,
“I think, the T-20 format is an ideal format and to be part of the Olympics, I hope that, in the near future, cricket will become part of the Olympics, and, all the cricketers will get an opportunity to represent the country and win medals for the country in the Olympics.”
VVS Laxman expressed that it’s a great opportunity to be playing cricket in China. He said, “I never ever thought that we would come and play cricket in China. This is a great opportunity for the entire team because participating in the Asian games itself is a big opportunity and a matter of great pride for all these players. I am really looking forward to this tournament.”
🗣️🗣️ 'Participating in the #AsianGames in itself is a big opportunity and a matter of great pride for all these players.'#TeamIndia Head Coach @VVSLaxman281 ahead of the quarterfinal against Nepal. #IndiaAtAG22 pic.twitter.com/mfKYaoIl80
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 2, 2023
India to play against Nepal in Quarter-Final 1
Team India will play their first match of the Asian Games against Nepal in the Quarter-final on Wednesday, October 3 in Hangzhou. The winner will advance to the semi-final. Ruturaj Gaikwad will be leading the Men’s cricket team in the event.
Team India (Senior Men) squad for 19th Asian Games: Ruturaj Gaikwad (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rahul Tripathi, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar, Shivam Dube, Prabhsimran Singh (wk), Akash Deep