ASIAN GAMES, 2023
The Ruturaj Gaikwad-led Indian team will train in Bengaluru from September 12-24 © Getty
The Asian Games-bound Indian cricket teams are scheduled to have training camps in Bengaluru starting next week. Owing to the differing schedules for the men’s and women’s teams, the duration of these camps will vary. The Asian Games will take place in Hangzhou, China, from September 23 to October 8.
According to information obtained by Cricbuzz, the men’s team, led by Ruturaj Gaikwad and coached by VVS Laxman, will undergo a nearly two-week camp in Bengaluru from September 12 to 24. Meanwhile, the women’s team will have a shorter camp lasting only four days, from September 13 to 16. A source familiar with the situation stated, “This camp will be valuable for many players who will be gaining experience in a multi-sport competition like the Asian Games.”
The shorter duration of the camp for the women’s team, captained by Harmanpreet Kaur, is due to their early schedule as they are set to depart for China on September 17. Hrishikesh Kanitkar will oversee the women’s camp.
The men’s cricket competition will take place from September 26 to October 8 and the women’s matches will be from September 19-28. Both the tournaments will be in the T20 format. The cricket matches at the Games will be held at the Zhejiang University of Technology Pingfeng Cricket Field. Although the women’s games begin on September 19, the Indian team, seeded directly into the quarterfinals, will start playing from September 22.
It is unlikely that additional members and standby players will travel with the squads due to strict restrictions on the number of athletes accommodated in the Games Village. During the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, where women’s cricket was a medal event, there were challenges for the few extra individuals who traveled there. They had to be accommodated in private hotels, and it was still difficult for them to interact with the players due to restricted access.
Men’s Squad: Ruturaj Gaikwad (Captain), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rahul Tripathi, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar, Shivam Mavi, Shivam Dube, Prabhsimran Singh (wk).
Standbys: Yash Thakur, Sai Kishore, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Sai Sudharsan.
Women Squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Smriti Mandhana (VC), Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh (wk), Amanjot Kaur, Devika Vaidya, Anjali Sarvani, Titas Sadhu, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Minnu Mani, Kanika Ahuja, Uma Chetry (wk), Anusha Bareddy.
Standbys: Harleen Deol, Kashvee Gautam, Sneh Rana, Saika Ishaque, Pooja Vastrakar.