CricNepal-The format and fixtures of men’s and women’s cricket events for 17th Asian Games to be held in Incheon from 19th September to 4th October has been revealed. All the matches of the event will be played on Yeonhui International Cricket Stadium.
Previous Event Stats:
Bangladesh are the defending Gold Medalist in Men’s Event(Afghanistan-Silver, Sri Lanka- Bronze) and Pakistan in Women’s event (Sri Lanka-Silver, Japan-Bronze)
10 Team each are participating in both men’s and women’s cricket. The top four seeded teams of the event directly are into the Quarter-Finals of the tournament while the bottom six teams are divided into 2 groups and 3 each-winner and runner up qualifies for the knock out stages.
In the men’s event two test sides-Bangaldesh and Sri Lanka and two ODI sides- Afghanistan and Hong Kong qualify directly into the knock out stages of the tournament. Nepal is grouped in Pool B of the the pre-QF round along side Kuwait and Maldives. China, Malaysia and host South Korea form the Group A.
Nepal opens up the the tournament with Kuwait on 27th September. This Kuwait side is different from the team that participates in the ACC events with all members exclusively from Arab origin.
In the women’s three test sides Bangalsesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka alongside Japan are into the knock out stages. Nepal is placed in pool B with China and Malaysia. ACC Women’s Premier 2014 champions Thailand are placed in Group C with Hong Kong and South Korea.
All matches will be played at the brand new Yeonhui International Cricket Stadium, South Korea’s first turf facility. It has a seating capacity of 2,352. The square has seven playing strips made from Pakistani clay-the pitch will likely act like those in sub continent-slow and favoring spin. Entrance to the cricket stadium is free for all spectators.
21st September- Nepal vs. Malaysia
22nd September- Nepal vs. China
23rd September-Japan vs. 1st of Group C
-Sri Lanka vs. 2nd of Group C
24th September- Pakistan vs. 1st of Group D
– Bangladesh vs. 2nd of Group D
Final/ 3rd-4th Place Match
September 27-Kuwait vs. Nepal
September 28-Maldives vs. Nepal
September 30-Hong Kong vs. 1st of Group A
-Sri Lanka vs. 2nd of Group A
October 1- Afghanistan vs. 1st of Group B
-Bangladesh vs. 2nd of Group B
FINAL/3rd – 4th Place