Friday, 19 September 2014 - 19:11
Cricket Big Guns India Stay Away, Minnows Look to Shine
Cricket's minor nations get a rare chance to shine on the big stage when the Asian Games Twenty20 competition opens on Saturday in the absence of powerhouses India and Pakistan.
Defending champions Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are the only two Test nations playing in the 10-country men's tournament that follows the women's event at the Yeonhui cricket field in Incheon.
Bangladesh, who won the men's competition four years ago to give the nation their first ever Asian Games gold medal, are at full-strength except for skipper Mushfiqur Rahim who has taken time off to get married.
Sri Lanka are led by Lahiru Thirimanne, who was part of the national squad that won the World Twenty20 title in Bangladesh in April.