India's rise in the global sports arena at the Asian Games 2023, as the Indian contingent achieved its highest-ever medal tally at the Games, at the 19th edition in Hangzhou. Their previous best was 70 medals in Indonesia in 2018. They took their overall medal tally to 71 on October 4, in the current edition by adding two more medals in the first half of the day.
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Asian Games 2023: Team India Storm Into Semi-Finals After Yashasvi Jasiwal's Blazing Ton Against Nepal
Team India overcame a spirited Nepal side to open their Asian Games 2023 campaign with a convincing win, progressing to the semi-finals of the event. Yashasvi Jasiwal's 100 off 48 deliveries set up a 203-run chase, but Nepal couldn't keep up with the run-rate and fell short by 23 runs. With this, team India have progressed to the semi-finals of the Asian Games 2023 after a convincing win over Nepal.
Indian heptathlete Swapna Barman has raised concerns alleging that she lost her medal to Nandini Agasara, who she thinks is a transgender woman. in the Asian Games 2023 and is ineligible to compete. Barman took to her official handle on X and said, ". I want my medal back as it is against the rules of our Athletics. Help me and support me please." She said she deserved it.
Pakistan have received a huge blow with their star pacer Haris Rauf suffering a muscle injury. He complained of pain during India-vsPakistan (IND vs PAK) clash on Sunday. Later, he went for scans and it revealed no tear. But as the World Cup 2023 is just three weeks away, Pakistan are unlikely to risk him in Asia Cup 2023. He will not bowl against India on the Reserve Day.
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IPL Chairman Arun Dhamal confirmed that India is not travelling to Pakistan for the 2023 Asia Cup. After the ICC Chief Executive meeting, the BCCI Jay Shah and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) representative Zaka Ashraf are scheduled to hold a meeting on July 13, and discuss the Asia Cup. However, it is confirmed that Rohit Sharma-led Indian Squad would play a match against Pakistan in Sri Lanka.
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After ruled out news of Rohit Sharma, India's ace bowler Jasprit Bumrah and batter Shreyas Iyer are looking to mark their comeback in India's squad for the Asia Cup 2023. Sources revealed that Bumrah has been out of action since September 2022 owing to a back injury and and Iyer will be selected in the team for ODI matches in Sri Lanka and Pakistan, starting in October.
The Asia Cup 2023 is set to begin from August 31 to September 17, confirmed the Asian Cricket Council on June 15. The tournament will feature India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Nepal with the teams competing in a total of 13 ODI matches. The tournament will be held in a hybrid model, of which four matches will be hosted by Pakistan, whereas remaining by Sri Lanka.
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After Pakistan cricketer, Indian sportsman Abdul Razzaq also replied to the Asia Cup 2023 controversy and shared his opinion. He said, " If Asia Cup has been shifted to Dubai, then it's the best option. It's good for cricket and cricketers." Notably, the controversy is still going on, regarding the venue of Asia Cup, as the BCCI said the Indian Cricket team is skeptical about going to Pakistan.
The war of words amid the venue of the upcoming Asia Cup, between the BCCI and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) continues. On February 6, former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad reacted to the issue after BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said Indian won't be traveling to Pakistan for the Asia Cup. Miandad said, "India can go to hell if they don't want to come to Pakistan. It doesn't bother us."
Amid the news of Pakistan hosting the 2023 Asia Cup, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also mentioned that it is on the agenda, but only if governments say ‘yes’ to that. However, the BCCI has denied any bilateral series against Pakistan in their future tour plan. Notably, since 2013, both of them have played each other during multi-nation or ICC events.