July 21, 2012

Olympics

Cricket a misfit in Olympics

Abhishek Mukherjee

Mihir Bose, in Outlook, writes why cricket is not likely to be a regular Olympic sport, pointing out the lack of incentive in administrators to allow cricket at the Olympics.

The keepers of cricket’s sacred flame at the ICC have no desire to apply. Partly this is because Indians—who, as moneybags of the game, have an influence over it—would not like it to be subject to IOC discipline. Yet it also does not find favour with David Collier, chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board. The Olympics are held at the height of summer, in the middle of the English season. In an Olympic year this would pose major problems for English cricket.

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