New Delhi: In a shocking development, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided not to send men`s and women`s cricket teams to this year`s Asian Games, scheduled to be held in Guangzhou, China later this year.
Sources close to BCCI said that India would skip the prestigious event due to its prior international commitments during that period.
Indian men`s team will have a busy time in November as they host New Zealand for three Tests and five ODIs.
"We would not be able to send our team, both men and women, for the Asian Games in China because of international commitments," BCCI chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty told reporters here.
"We have communicated the same to the Indian Olympic Association," he said.
It is important to note here that the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) had decided to include cricket in this year’s edition of the Asian Games for the first time. More ironic is the fact that India and Pakistan were the chief initiators behind the inclusion of the game into the Asian Games.
The popular Twenty20 format was selected for the November 12-27 Games, with gold medals being available for both men and women.
India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the four Test-playing nations from the region, had automatically qualified for the competition along with hosts China.
Cricket last featured at the Olympics in Paris in 1900 when Great Britain beat France to win the gold medal.