An artist's rendering of the completed Asian Games venue for cricket

Incheon, the site of the 2014 Asian Games is already coming to a state of readiness in time for the 36-sport, 437 event competition next September. "They are far ahead of anything even Guangzhou managed with its cricket ground this time four years ago," says ACC Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Huq.

Work started on the ground at Incheon in December 2011 at an estimated overall project completion cost of 5 billion South Korean Won (US$4.7 million). Guangzhou's cricket ground didn't turn out at all badly either and the proposed Yeonhui Cricket Ground, 40% completed as of the end of November 2013, will be ready by the start of the Korean spring in April 2014. The stadium will have seating for 2353 spectators.

With consultation from the Korean Cricket Association and the ACC, the full-sized playing area at Yeonhui will have a seven-wicket square, with clay imported from Pakistan and zoysia grass. In addition there are two practice grounds being constructed specially for the cricket at the Games. "It is obvious how much the Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee want cricket to be a showcase event," said the ACC Chief Executive, "they have gone the extra mile in every respect with an underground irrigation system and very good drainage installed."

15 men's teams and 10 women's teams have pre-registered for the event via their National Olympic Committees and in May 2014, an invitational triangular is planned for Yeonhui as a dry-run for the medal events which start on September 20 before ending on October 3. "With the spirit of challenge, we will construct the best ground," say IAGOC.

On site at Yeonhui, November 2013

Bangladesh are defending gold medallists in the men's event and Pakistan are defending the women's gold.

Incheon Inching Forward

Filed December 4th, 2013