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Bangladesh want cricket in 2008 South Asian Games

Bangladesh intends including cricket as a new event when it hosts the 11th South Asian Games in 2008

Bangladesh intends including cricket as a new event when it hosts the 11th South Asian Games in 2008. Eight nations - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka - are expected to participate in the biennial meeting.

"We have four test playing nations among us. So we could easily include the cricket in the SA Games," Ishtiaq Ahmed, a senior official of the Bangladesh Olympic Association, told Reuters. "We understand it will be difficult for the test playing nations to send a full-strength side in the SA Games. In that case we would happily accept age-level teams," he said.

The events will be finalised at a meeting of representatives from participating nations in Dhaka next February. "As the host, we primarily underlined 15 disciplines including cricket for the meet," Ishtiaq explained.

Cricket was last included at a major international tournament in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpar. It also featured in the Olympics once, when a side from Britain beat France in Paris in 1900.

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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  • testli5504537 on July 29, 2008, 4:20 GMT

    Great idea.What about the 2012 Olympics in England? Cricket should be in the Olympics. Noone's writing about this so I was happy to find -they are trying to get Cricket into the 2012 Olympics - check it out

  • testli5504537 on September 30, 2007, 19:52 GMT

    this infact is a great idea.this should raise the standards of the cricket developing countries like maldives for example.they get very few chances to prove themselves.lately they have put tough fights against some good sides.infact in the 2006 ACC trophy they narrowly lost to bahrain despite of a thrilling knock by their captain moosa kaleem.they would have sneaked through to the 2nd round if their 2nd match against singapore had not benn washed out.they have troubled nepal too quite few times.but playin against a test nation would be ecstatic even though it would not be the bestest of their teams.the asian games should without any 2nd thoughts put cricket into its game as cricket is the most popular sport in the subcontinent by far.

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