[caption id="attachment_810342" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-810342" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Kohli-Bumrah_AFP.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="471" /> The Indian Olympic Association welcomed the decision of the OCA to include cricket in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games programme. @AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Cricket is set for a return at the Asian Games after the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Sunday included it in the sports programme for the 2022 edition in Hangzhou. <p></p> <p></p>The decision was taken at the OCA's General Assembly in Bangkok. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/dropped-from-the-2018-asian-games-cricket-set-to-return-in-asian-games-2022-reports-810231">Dropped from the 2018 Asian Games, cricket set to return in Asian Games 2022: Reports</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"Yes, cricket has been included in the sports programme for 2022 Hangzhou Games," OCA honorary vice-president Randhir Singh told PTI. <p></p> <p></p>Cricket was dropped from the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia after featuring in 2010 and 2014, albeit without the presence of the game's powerhouse India. <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/">India</a> opted out of the quadrennial event owing to the team's packed international schedule. <p></p> <p></p>The Indian Olympic Association welcomed the decision of the OCA to include cricket in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games programme. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/india-vs-australia-2019-india-head-into-last-lap-of-pre-world-cup-odis-with-issues-to-settle-809308">India head into last lap of pre-World Cup ODIs with issues to settle</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"We welcome the decision of the OCA. Which format will be played is not yet confirmed but it is a welcome decision," said IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta, who attended the General Assembly in Bangkok. <p></p> <p></p>He said the IOA would want to have an Indian cricket team in the 2022 Asian Games. <p></p> <p></p>"The IOA will request the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/bcci">BCCI</a> to send a cricket team in the 2022 Asian Games. India can win in both men and women's events and increase its medal tally," Mehta said. <p></p> <p></p>In all probability, the T20 format will be played at the Asian Games, like it happened during the 2010 and 2014 edition in Guangzhou and Incheon respectively. <p></p> <p></p>Since the mega event is still some years away, the BCCI has plenty of time to deliberate on the Indian team's participation. (<strong>READ</strong>: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/icc-world-cup-2019-is-this-indias-final-world-cup-squad-803653" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Is this India s final World Cup squad?</a>) <p></p> <p></p>"There is a lot of time to go for 2022 Asian Games. In due time, we will discuss and decide," a BCCI official said. <p></p> <p></p>The decision to include cricket in the 2022 programme was on expected lines after Randhir visited Hangzhou last month to zero in on a suitable venue. <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/sri-lanka/">Sri Lanka</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/pakistan/">Pakistan</a> won the men's and women's gold in 2014 while <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/bangladesh/">Bangladesh</a> and Pakistan claimed the top honours in 2010. (<strong>READ:</strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/2019-icc-cricket-world-cup-is-this-the-best-indian-batting-order-for-the-world-cup-799412" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Is this the best Indian batting order for the World Cup?</a>) <p></p> <p></p>Cricket has also been played once at the Commonwealth Games, in 1998, when India and Pakistan sent teams to Kuala Lumpur. However, the Shaun Pollock-led South Africa won the gold there and Australia, captained by Steve Waugh, the silver. <p></p> <p></p>In the 2014 Asian Games, OCA president Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah had criticised the BCCI for not sending its teams for the second edition in a row. <p></p> <p></p>"I'm sorry that India, for the second Games, did not send a team. I respect their decision but I believe the people in charge are not interested in promotion of the game but only in making it a business, in making money out of it. They want to control the market and control the game," he had said. (<strong>READ: </strong><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/world-cup-2019-bumrah-bhuvneshwar-shami-pandya-kuldeep-chahal-what-should-indias-bowling-attack-be-804198" target="_blank" rel="noopener">World Cup 2019: What should India s bowling attack be?</a>) <p></p> <p></p>In another major decision taken at the OCA General Assembly on Sunday, it was announced that Oceania countries, including Australia, will be invited to compete at the 2022 Asian Games. <p></p> <p></p>It was reported that the number of Oceania athletes who will be allowed to compete in Hangzhou will be decided at a later date.