Smriti Mandhana Leads: India Women Cricket at Asian Games

A New Captaincy Era

In a significant development for the Indian women’s cricket team, Smriti Mandhana has been entrusted with the captaincy role for the upcoming Asian Games 2023. This decision comes in the wake of Harmanpreet Kaur’s suspension by the International Cricket Council (ICC) due to breaches of the Code of Conduct during a recent ODI against Bangladesh.

The Incident Behind the Suspension

Harmanpreet Kaur’s suspension stems from her reactions during the third ODI against Bangladesh. Displaying her displeasure at an umpiring decision, Kaur hit the wickets with her bat after being declared out. Furthermore, she voiced her criticisms of the umpiring during the post-match presentation. The ICC identified two violations of its Code of Conduct in these actions. As a result, she’ll miss the first two matches of the Asian Games cricket tournament.

Team Composition and History

Despite their captain’s absence, the Indian squad boasts stars like Rodrigues, Verma, Sharma, and Ghosh. The team clinched a silver at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. The complete team for the Asian Games includes stalwarts like Smriti Mandhana, Verma, Rodrigues, Sharma, Ghosh, and several others, ensuring a strong lineup.

A Look Back at Asian Games Cricket

Cricket has been a part of the Asian Games twice before – in Guangzhou 2010 and Incheon 2014. On both occasions, Pakistan’s women’s team emerged victorious, defeating Bangladesh in the finals. With Smriti Mandhana at the helm and a talented squad backing her, India will be keen to make a mark in Hangzhou.

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