South Asian Games 2019: Full Schedule And Fixtures Announced
The 13th edition of the South Asian Games is all set to kick off from the 1st of December 2019 and will culminate on 10th December 2019. The 2019 South Asian Games will be held in the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara in Nepal.
Twenty-20 cricket was first introduced in the South Asian Games at the 2010 edition held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The host nation won the gold medal by defeating Sri Lanka in the final whereas Pakistan clinched the bronze medal after defeating Maldives. During the 2010 South Asian Games, only players aged under 21 years were allowed to participate.
Cricket makes a return to the Asian Games competition after a gap of 9 years having not featured in the 2016 edition.
The 2019 South Asian Games will see the host country Nepal, Bangaldesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bhutan participate in the Men’s T20 Cricket category. India and Pakistan have decided not to send their cricket teams for the edition.
The men’s competition will see a round-robin tournament and the top four finishing nations will be up for a medal finish.
The Women’s T20 Cricket category has been introduced at the 2019 South Asian Games and will feature four countries – Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives. India, Pakistan and Bhutan have not sent their teams for participation.
Men’s T20 Cricket Schedule
3rd December 2019: Tuesday
11:00 AM – Nepal vs Sri Lanka U-23
4th December 2019: Wednesday
09:00 AM – Bangaldesh U-23 vs Maldives
01:00 PM – Bhutan vs Nepal
5th December 2019: Thursday
09:00 AM – Bhutan vs Nepal
01:00 PM – Sri Lanka U-23 vs Maldives
6th December 2019: Friday
09:00 AM – Bhutan vs Bangaldesh U-23
01:00 PM – Maldives vs Nepal
7th December 2019: Saturday
11:00 AM – Nepal vs Bangladesh U-23
8th December 2019: Sunday
09:00 AM – Bangaldesh U-23 vs Sri Lanka U-23
01:00 PM – Maldvies vs Bhutan
9th December 2019: Monday
11:00 AM – Bronze Medal Match (3rd vs 4th in League)
10th December 2019: Tuesday
11:00 AM – Gold Medal Match (1st vs 2nd in League)
Women’s T20 Cricket Schedule
The opening match of the Women’s competition will the hosts Nepal take on Maldives at the Pokhara Stadium. Details on the further fixtures are awaited and will be updated at the earliest