Teams confirmed for Asian Games
Ten teams will compete in the inaugural Asian Games Twenty20 cricket tournament in November, it has been announced.
Hosts China will be joined by three of Asia's four Test playing nations - Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, along with ODI status team Afghanistan in addition to Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Maldives, Nepal and Singapore.
In the women's tournament, Pakistan will be the only Test playing nation taking part, and they will be up against China, Bangladesh (who don't have Test status in women's cricket), Hong Kong, Japan, Nepal, Singapore and Thailand.
The Asian Games takes place from 12-27 November, with the schedule of the cricket tournament yet to be announced. In the men's tournament, it is likely that the three full members plus Afghanistan will be seeded, with the other six teams competing in a preliminary round to join them.
All members of the team will be required to be passport holders of the nation they represent, leading to the notable omissions of the UAE and Oman, who were evidently unable to find a squad of such players.