Ganguly and Fleming support global proposal for 2020 Games August 5, 2008

Waugh joins Olympic Twenty20 push

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Steve Waugh said the 1998 Commonwealth Games was the "time of my life" © Getty Images
 

Steve Waugh, who led Australia to a Commonwealth Games silver medal, is part of a growing group of current and former players who have supported Adam Gilchrist's push for Twenty20 to be part of the 2020 Olympics. Gilchrist raised the idea on Monday and since then a series of big names, including Kumar Sangakkara, Sourav Ganguly and Stephen Fleming, have climbed on board.

Waugh, a mentor of the Australian Olympic team in Beijing, said the idea was "definitely worth pursuing". "If you want to globalise the game then you have to look at including countries like China and the United States, and getting cricket into the Olympics will fast-track that move," Waugh told the Press Association.

In 1998 Waugh captained Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur and said it was the "time of my life". "Winning the silver medal was one of the highlights of my career," he said. And he believes Twenty20 will become a "worldwide phenomenon" over the next few years.

"The Olympic Games would provide the perfect platform to showcase the game to a larger audience, drawing in new fans and helping drive cricket development in emerging cricket countries," Sangakkara wrote in the Times of India. "The snowball effect this could be enormous. 2020 may seem like a long way away but we need to start the process now.

"From a player's perspective, the privilege of competing at an Olympic Games would undoubtedly be a highlight of your career."

The proposal has also received backing from Fleming, Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Yuvraj Singh. While Fleming and Gilchrist have retired from internationals, they are both involved in the Indian Premier League and see huge potential in the Twenty20 format.

"The Olympics would be the greatest vehicle to spread the game worldwide and it would be a logical fit," Fleming said in the Australian. Ganguly also took a global view of the possible development.

"It will help the players to be part of a worldwide movement," he said in the Deccan Chronicle. "Cricket is an exciting sport and should definitely be part of the Olympics."

Laxman said representing India at an Olympics would be a "great honour" while Yuvraj felt it was an excellent initiative. "Should cricket make it to the Olympics," he said, "it would be significant, especially to our country where the game is most loved."

Gilchrist said his proposal was a "call to arms for the game's administrators" and James Sutherland, Cricket Australia's chief executive, is excited by it. "When you think of the Olympics, you also think of the big nations like the US, Russia and now China," Sutherland told the paper. "Those regions are clearly potential growth opportunities for cricket and we see Twenty20 at the Olympics as a superb vehicle."

For cricket to be included in 2020 it would need to be approved by the International Olympic Committee in 2013. The game received Olympic "recognition status" last year, but it faces a battle with other sports, such as golf, karate and baseball, to become part of the programme.

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  • Dogevpr2 on August 6, 2008, 12:28 GMT

    As usual cricket is behind, it should be the 2012 Olympics in England. To wait 12 more years is an eternity -look how many more greats will retire without competing for an Olympic Medal ? Why are we letting cricket be treated like the step-child ? We didn't make use of the opportunity when the Olympics were held in Australia, we must do so in 2012 in England or the game will recede in the world,as it is doing in the West Indies. Cricket2012Games.com has a petition going to get cricket into the 2012 Olympics, we must take our rightful place in the world. Tendulkar will soon have the most Test runs ever but like all the great cricket athletes before, no Olympic Medal.

  • bmadden23 on August 6, 2008, 12:07 GMT

    I think cricket for 2020 games is a fantastic idea. Cricket is not currently on the list of sports already listed for the 2012 london games and i see no chance how that will change.

    Cricket will only become a sport after the IOC approves it seven years before the event. This will mean serious lobbying for spots in the 2016 games as the submission must be made in the next year.

    I do not believe the comments that cricket will find it hard to gain global acceptance. Australia, Asia, Africa and the Americas do not seriously play EUROPEAN handball do they?

    Cricket for 2016.

  • motherocker on August 6, 2008, 9:21 GMT

    I absolutely think cricket should be included as a challenge and not to mention worldwide sport in te 2020 olympics. Cricket will offer more to the fans than baseball, karate, or golf, because in cricket you experience excitement and anticipation rather every second you're watching/encountering it. Since, say baseball, is regarded more by the "western world", the olympic management group should strive to include a sport in the 2020 olympics that is not only unique, but new to many countries of the world. This, therefore, can help the growth of cricket worldwide and encourage "new" countries to adopt it as a national sport. If cricket is to survive in the future, it needs acknowledgement from other non-cricket countries and needs to occupy the "big stage."

  • iamasexybeast on August 6, 2008, 7:23 GMT

    if small sports like handball and archery/shooting are at the olympics why not bigger sports like 2020 cricket and 7s rugby

  • Dilseben on August 6, 2008, 7:16 GMT

    Cricket should definitely be included in the Olympics...the easiest way for the game to get world wide acceptance is it to be played on a big stage & what more bigger than the Olympics.The biggest disadvantage would have been the time period but with the entry of 20-20 thats also been solved.Many people have suggested that the game will be played only by the expats..maybe it would take place for the first 2 Olympics but by then,the seriousness of the game would have been understood & the natives itself would be attracted to the game...

  • Sazzad_97205 on August 6, 2008, 6:50 GMT

    T20 is one of the exciting game to me and I believe if we can spread it worldwide, it would be the best. But why we are raising our voice for 2020 Olympic, why not in the next olympic? Why we have to wait for 12 years for including a game in olympic. We live in a faster world and we have to accelerate it for the next olympic.

  • OriginalDaVe on August 6, 2008, 6:40 GMT

    I can't see how T20 at the Olympics can be bad. Seems like so many cricket 'fans' for some reason don't want cricket to become even bigger, and more worldly known (i.e. apart from just Commonwealth nations).

  • Fahadster on August 6, 2008, 6:12 GMT

    Why not? I believe cricket is more exciting than few other games which are already there in olympics. I think players and the ICC now needs to make stronger moves.

    The twenty20 format is not just exciting and fast paced. It also is a kind of format that really pulls in crowd and cricket would not be the lonely, eventually it would be olympics which will gain more in terms of crowd and inovations.

    This will give cricket a new life altogether in terms of popularity.

    I really wish to see more ex and current cricketers from around the globe coming into action in this positive move.

  • Dogevpr2 on August 6, 2008, 4:09 GMT

    Cricket2012Games.com has an online petition to get cricket into the 2012 Olympics. It's wrong that cricketers have been denied opportunities to compete for National Glory and Pride on the world's biggest stage - the Olympics. Reintroducing Cricket at the 2012 London Games would be perfect, as England,ancestral home of cricket, has the infrastructure, cricket stadiums and fans. This could also help market a Pro League in the USA and Canada where people of a cricketing background comprise the highest income group. (Golf was marketed for years only because of the high net worth of its participants until a mass appeal star, Woods, came along ). Soccer encourages growth and its easily the world's biggest sport,with basketball overtaking cricket soon. There will be the usual naysayers but cricket should be in the 2012 Olympics. Why shouldn't cricketers,some of the world's best athletes, get the chance to win Olympic Medals ? is the position of Cricket2012Games.com

  • Irishfan on August 6, 2008, 3:38 GMT

    YellowMonkey-- I must laugh at your comments. Cricket does not devalue the Olympics... no more than rythmic gymnastics or judo, or any one of those other ludicrous, pretender sports that have made it to the Olympics simply because Westerners play it. HIGHERDUCK is also wrong I think. People talk about strengthening cricket where it is already played, but one of the main reasons for people losing interest in the game in traditional countries is the fact that there are not many teams to compete against each other. That's why club cricket is now so popular... far more teams and variety. Globalisation is the way to go to "save" international cricket. I think what every cricket fan should be considering is preventing cricket from becoming like baseball, where in most of the world, everyone simply says "It is only a silly little game played by a dozen countries. We do not need to take it seriously." Please save cricket from that future Steve!

  • Dogevpr2 on August 6, 2008, 12:28 GMT

    As usual cricket is behind, it should be the 2012 Olympics in England. To wait 12 more years is an eternity -look how many more greats will retire without competing for an Olympic Medal ? Why are we letting cricket be treated like the step-child ? We didn't make use of the opportunity when the Olympics were held in Australia, we must do so in 2012 in England or the game will recede in the world,as it is doing in the West Indies. Cricket2012Games.com has a petition going to get cricket into the 2012 Olympics, we must take our rightful place in the world. Tendulkar will soon have the most Test runs ever but like all the great cricket athletes before, no Olympic Medal.

  • bmadden23 on August 6, 2008, 12:07 GMT

    I think cricket for 2020 games is a fantastic idea. Cricket is not currently on the list of sports already listed for the 2012 london games and i see no chance how that will change.

    Cricket will only become a sport after the IOC approves it seven years before the event. This will mean serious lobbying for spots in the 2016 games as the submission must be made in the next year.

    I do not believe the comments that cricket will find it hard to gain global acceptance. Australia, Asia, Africa and the Americas do not seriously play EUROPEAN handball do they?

    Cricket for 2016.

  • motherocker on August 6, 2008, 9:21 GMT

    I absolutely think cricket should be included as a challenge and not to mention worldwide sport in te 2020 olympics. Cricket will offer more to the fans than baseball, karate, or golf, because in cricket you experience excitement and anticipation rather every second you're watching/encountering it. Since, say baseball, is regarded more by the "western world", the olympic management group should strive to include a sport in the 2020 olympics that is not only unique, but new to many countries of the world. This, therefore, can help the growth of cricket worldwide and encourage "new" countries to adopt it as a national sport. If cricket is to survive in the future, it needs acknowledgement from other non-cricket countries and needs to occupy the "big stage."

  • iamasexybeast on August 6, 2008, 7:23 GMT

    if small sports like handball and archery/shooting are at the olympics why not bigger sports like 2020 cricket and 7s rugby

  • Dilseben on August 6, 2008, 7:16 GMT

    Cricket should definitely be included in the Olympics...the easiest way for the game to get world wide acceptance is it to be played on a big stage & what more bigger than the Olympics.The biggest disadvantage would have been the time period but with the entry of 20-20 thats also been solved.Many people have suggested that the game will be played only by the expats..maybe it would take place for the first 2 Olympics but by then,the seriousness of the game would have been understood & the natives itself would be attracted to the game...

  • Sazzad_97205 on August 6, 2008, 6:50 GMT

    T20 is one of the exciting game to me and I believe if we can spread it worldwide, it would be the best. But why we are raising our voice for 2020 Olympic, why not in the next olympic? Why we have to wait for 12 years for including a game in olympic. We live in a faster world and we have to accelerate it for the next olympic.

  • OriginalDaVe on August 6, 2008, 6:40 GMT

    I can't see how T20 at the Olympics can be bad. Seems like so many cricket 'fans' for some reason don't want cricket to become even bigger, and more worldly known (i.e. apart from just Commonwealth nations).

  • Fahadster on August 6, 2008, 6:12 GMT

    Why not? I believe cricket is more exciting than few other games which are already there in olympics. I think players and the ICC now needs to make stronger moves.

    The twenty20 format is not just exciting and fast paced. It also is a kind of format that really pulls in crowd and cricket would not be the lonely, eventually it would be olympics which will gain more in terms of crowd and inovations.

    This will give cricket a new life altogether in terms of popularity.

    I really wish to see more ex and current cricketers from around the globe coming into action in this positive move.

  • Dogevpr2 on August 6, 2008, 4:09 GMT

    Cricket2012Games.com has an online petition to get cricket into the 2012 Olympics. It's wrong that cricketers have been denied opportunities to compete for National Glory and Pride on the world's biggest stage - the Olympics. Reintroducing Cricket at the 2012 London Games would be perfect, as England,ancestral home of cricket, has the infrastructure, cricket stadiums and fans. This could also help market a Pro League in the USA and Canada where people of a cricketing background comprise the highest income group. (Golf was marketed for years only because of the high net worth of its participants until a mass appeal star, Woods, came along ). Soccer encourages growth and its easily the world's biggest sport,with basketball overtaking cricket soon. There will be the usual naysayers but cricket should be in the 2012 Olympics. Why shouldn't cricketers,some of the world's best athletes, get the chance to win Olympic Medals ? is the position of Cricket2012Games.com

  • Irishfan on August 6, 2008, 3:38 GMT

    YellowMonkey-- I must laugh at your comments. Cricket does not devalue the Olympics... no more than rythmic gymnastics or judo, or any one of those other ludicrous, pretender sports that have made it to the Olympics simply because Westerners play it. HIGHERDUCK is also wrong I think. People talk about strengthening cricket where it is already played, but one of the main reasons for people losing interest in the game in traditional countries is the fact that there are not many teams to compete against each other. That's why club cricket is now so popular... far more teams and variety. Globalisation is the way to go to "save" international cricket. I think what every cricket fan should be considering is preventing cricket from becoming like baseball, where in most of the world, everyone simply says "It is only a silly little game played by a dozen countries. We do not need to take it seriously." Please save cricket from that future Steve!

  • 9ST9 on August 6, 2008, 3:33 GMT

    I feel that cricket needs to be pushed to a higher level through the olympics. Though i read a comment saying only expatriots play cricket in USA Canada etc,it should be kept in mind that it was only the british who played cricket initially in countries like West Indies. Later the locals caught up with it. 20-20 should be used to popularize the game and as an earner. The income should be used to fund the more hallowed form of the game-Test Cricket.Which, i beleive is REAL cricket.

  • butternyk on August 6, 2008, 3:23 GMT

    off course. 20-20 is big. so why not make it a part of biggest sporting event <a href="http://electricwicket.com/">electric cricket</a>

  • YellowMonkey on August 6, 2008, 3:04 GMT

    Well, in reply to the comment about baseball, unfortunately, there might only be five fully strong teams, but at least most countries have heard of it and quite a few have some players who play first-class baseball. With cricket, not very many apart from the 10 and most of those are under flags of convenience

  • higherduck on August 6, 2008, 1:35 GMT

    I don't think having T20 at the Olympics will have an impact on the gloablisation of the game. All you will have is expatriats from existing cricket playing nations filling up teams for countries like USA, China, HK, etc. Just look at all the expats in the HK team playing in the Asia Cup recently. What cricket should be doing is focusing on strengthing the support in existing cricket playing nations so that people don't start losing interest in those countries, e.g. WI, Pakistan.

  • outsider on August 6, 2008, 1:01 GMT

    I have waited all my life hoping that one dy I will be able to watch olympics cricket before I check out of this earth. Even befor twenty20 I always wondered why a 50over one dayer could not be played on the world's bigest stage. TWENTY20 would be perfect.It can at least compete with base ball from a time duration stand point. Go for it Steve, Start a world wide petition if you have to. Every Cricket fan and Nation should join Steve in his quest.By the way,Gizza. you are way off base. The first step is to get cricket accepted in the GAMES. Representation will be ironed out later. PS Every country at some point in their cricket history goes through a slump. Now it's the WI. No other team except Australia was so hot when the WI was at it's best. Any way let's get cricket in the Olympics as one nation.

  • YellowMonkey on August 6, 2008, 0:47 GMT

    Putting cricket in the Olympics would devalue a gold medal. There are only 8 teams in world cricket that are even of a competitive standard and one of them (WI) isn't a country. Also the level of discipline in training for the Olympics is a lot higher than in cricket, where players can go to parties the night before and eat and drink whatever they want. To see the likes of Yuvraj or Cosgrove or Lehmann getting any kind of medal would be a complete joke. As for sportsmanship, cricket isn't as gentlemanly as we'd like to think and I wouldn't be surprised if there was some kind of McGrath-Sarwan incident...and I think the current players will regret it if China/Russia/USA/GER/NED etc become strong because then everyone will know how weak the competition, discipline and standards are in the cricket world. eg at the 2006 commonwealth games, Australia actually lapped Sri Lanka in the swimming relay - did 4 legs before SL did 3.

  • evicl1982 on August 5, 2008, 23:30 GMT

    I am not sure what all the hype is about getting cricket in the Olympics. I read where people say that 20/20 cricket is the game at its best. I would certainly beg to differ and would venture to say it is certainly the opposite. I Live in the U S A and all those who have this pipe dream that one day cricket will be a popular sport here better think again. Have they ever listened to the guys on E S P N just for example? The game of cricket is about (there are some thing that are happening that I do not agree with)fine as it is. I just do not know why everybody is clamouring for it to be a global sport (in its waterdown for nonetheless).

    I beg all you"big time players" leave the game as it is. I hate all the tampering and all the gimmicks that the I C C is allowing to take place. Please no Olympics for me.

  • Heartdoc on August 5, 2008, 21:58 GMT

    If not 20-20 cricket then which other game has gained more popularity in the world in the recent past? I agree with the cricketers, it needs a big push with the IOC for acceptance in the Olympic games, the earlier the better. I invite the cricketers to ask the cricket fans to participate in this recognition in whatever way we can. I understand that they are international stars but the fans can also help. Just tel us how.....

  • whiteboi on August 5, 2008, 21:56 GMT

    I think that the ICC should try their best to get this wonderful, exciting game into the Olympics as we all know that the IPL was a big hit. It would also be nice to see other countries take this sport on such as Italy, Russia etc.

  • Md.Sultan.Siddiquee on August 5, 2008, 20:59 GMT

    When thinking in terms of Twenty20 in Olympics, one has to look at both sides of the coin. On one hand, it would give a vital push to ICC's efforts to globalize the sport and a lot has already been said about it. On the other it would also create a lot of interest among the spectators from contries like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka etc. These countries struggle hard to get a single medal and creating opportunities for these countries to win a medal itself is a great boost. In effect, both - cricket and Olympics will be benefitted. I would infact request the cricket administrators from India, Australia and other countries to start an online voting to see how many people prefer cricket over golf, baseball and karate ot be included in the Olympics. I am sure the result will be an overwhelming Yes for cricket.

  • Irishfan on August 5, 2008, 20:58 GMT

    Glancing over some of the Olympic "sports", I am truly appalled at the terrible taste in sports the IOC seem to have. Rythmic gymnastics? Bowling? Please. Cricket is a TRUE sport that is growing most heavily in Asia and Africa, not so much in Europe, as Sohrab says. Cultural reasons? I am not sure. But I am sure the Americans and the Europeans can learn to love this game if they see it being played in an exciting way at the absolute pinnacle of sport, which will give cricket a true boost in terms of new fans and MONEY! The highest paid sportspersons in the world usually play in Europe or America. (Football, gridiron, baseball, golf, tennis, basketball, etc.)

  • projectfyi on August 5, 2008, 18:40 GMT

    I definetly think cricket should be an international sport becuase south asians have no representations in any major sports in Olympics so this would provide a platform to showcase the athleticism that they desire most.

  • NicoliD on August 5, 2008, 18:38 GMT

    I have no doubt that this seems good for cricket, and cricketers are happily lining up for the Olympics, but is this really going to expand the audience? Who will play in an Olympic 2020 tournament? The test nations, a varying number of top level associates, maybe a wild card- definately not Russia, China, and the United States. There would be additional crowding of Olympic Qualifying tournements onto the schedule, unless these are folded into the current international system. And, of course, there is the problem that Rugby Sevens has with it's inclusion- a purposely shaved down form of the game which is being put forth because the true form would not work in the time allotted. Cricket will always have a larger stage, like Soccer, reducing the Olympics to a sideshow event and meaning that it should not take place. It would be much wiser to improve cricket in the markets mentioned by getting the average person in these countries aware that they have a team that plays internationally.

  • Lennon_Marx on August 5, 2008, 17:13 GMT

    Let's not get ahead of ourselves folks. As nice an idea as it is, we have to realise how unrealistic it is. Karate, golf and rugby7s (among other sports) have waited quite some time to have a chance in the Olympics, yet still face a battle to gain on of the two vacancies for 2016 (replacing baseball and softball- who in turn are attempting to win their own spots back). Cricket, with its lack of appeal to most countries would be extremely unlikely to get a leg up, though the fact that it is so popular in South Asia is obviously a major selling point in its favour. Assuming the 2020 games doesnt go to a cricket playing nation (a fairly safe assumption I'd imagine) the building of large infrastructure for a one off tournament two weeks in length is a massive undertaking (as well as being expensive), both major stumbling blocks for a cricket bid. Realistically, if cricket is to have any hope of success here, it needs to return to the Commonwealth games first, and post haste

  • Hutton364 on August 5, 2008, 16:35 GMT

    I think it's crazy to wait until 2020, just because the name is the same. The sensational aspect of Twenty20 could take the Olympics by storm in 2012 in cricket's homeland (with respect to India) of England. Why on earth not do it sooner?

  • mutantbhai on August 5, 2008, 16:23 GMT

    The idea of cricket in Olympics with T-20 as the format is a mouth watering prospect and the shortest version of the game would tempt countries from around the world to participate. But my foremost concern is evident if you go through the Hong Kong and UAE 11 as an example. There is hardly any home grown talent with all the players being mostly from Pakistan or else from India and Sri Lanka. It is the same with the Canadian team as well. Maybe something should be done about that before we can think about China etc because it will just be the same as a Pakistan 'B' team. What are your thoughts on this matter or is it just me who sees this as an issue?

  • USAcricket on August 5, 2008, 15:46 GMT

    When i ask people about cricket the first thing they say is "oh the game thats like 3 days long" people have a different impression of cricket and introducing 20/20 would mean a lot more support. because here in the USA people like sports that are no more than 3 hours such as football,soccer,baseketball...etc. i would love to see cricket in the olympics. but i dont know if it will get through, olympics did take out baseball which is much like cricket so we will see

  • CricketPlayer on August 5, 2008, 15:41 GMT

    Ever since 1896 ("The first Olympics of the modern era"), the "Olympic movement" has been expanding progressively, and "202" strong participants in the Olympics 2008 underscore the momentum of sports spirit globally. New events have been added in almost all Olympics to date increasing the size from single to triple digits since the beginning of this universal phenomenon. Logically, any sport, regardless of magnitude, is potentiality Olympic worthy. Cricket in its Twenty20 format naturally deserves a place alongside similar time-limited games like Soccer and Hockey in the solidarity of mankind in sports arena. At the present stage of the game, it appears to be developed enough to be an event in the next Olympics, like the participation in all other events by the respective member countries.

  • jishubhai on August 5, 2008, 15:22 GMT

    I have seen many baseball games in US, but still I believe cricket can win the hearts of the people all over the world. Twenty twenty is great instrument to reach all the people in the world and Olympic is the best stage to launch the global campaign. ICC and other boards should appoint the right persons to make this dream come true for millions of cricket fan. Thank you Gilchrist.

  • abbasi541 on August 5, 2008, 14:46 GMT

    I think if you want to expand cricket all over the world then 2020 is the format that can attract peoples and Olympics is a platform that has participating nations from all over the globe. When ODI's started no one was in strong belief that it will get a great response from cricketing fans but it did. After IPL we can say that 2020 needs planning and it can get popular like football or even more.

  • cricketrulesdaworld on August 5, 2008, 13:01 GMT

    It will be a great move and will give cricket a rare chance to showcase itself in front of a true world audience as against holding games in some countries across the world. I'm sure the audience will have their preferences and will certainly not miss a track and field event like the 100 meters dash to catch a game of cricket but it will surely enhance the game's reputation. Steve Waugh joining the bandwagon might be a good sign for this proposal to move forward. Hopefully along the way, many more will jump in and surely some influential people might be able to make a match out of it. However, with limited financial opportunities, I doubt BCCI will have any interest in pushing the bid for Olympics.

  • raheesfayaz on August 5, 2008, 12:55 GMT

    Cricket should go to Olympics, around 35% of world population of world love the game that is a big number countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, England, Australia make 25% of world population and every one in these country have craze about cricket so it should included in Olympics. Only problem with Cricket is it need a big ground but I think with twenty20 you don't need more than one ground and it can solve the problem, I will to see cricket in Olympics and I am sure many people around the world have same view like me.

    Cricket will give Olympics a new colour and new direction. I am sure that it will be good for Olympics more that cricket. Olympics is all about getting more people involving in sports and Cricket is one of the biggest game in world if you consider the number of people around the world play it.

    Rahees Fayaz

  • capnles on August 5, 2008, 12:49 GMT

    I would love for cricket to become a truly global game and I did enjoy watching a large amount of the IPL when it was on TV late at night (in Australia). The Olympics would be the ideal launching pad for an assault on the international sporting public, with Mr Gilchrist very eloquently explaining why it MUST happen.

    As is often the case, I agree with Gilly, I just don't want to see the real game die. 20-20 is like the street performer you see in a shopping mall on a Saturday afternoon. For a few minutes, they captivate you with their act, you throw them a few dollars then get on with your daily business. Test cricket is like a Broadway stage production; it draws you in and makes you part of the spectacle. Like a good Broadway production, people talk about good tests and series' for years afterwards; Like a street performer, you soon forget about an individual 20-20 game.

    To suggest test cricket is the future of the game would be naive.... I just hope it won't be consigned to the past

  • LA_Chinaman on August 5, 2008, 12:44 GMT

    Cricket in the Olympic Games? Why not? It would give nations where cricket is currently not a mainstream sport the chance to play against the Test playing nations. We have now seen quite a lot of Twenty20 cricket since it first started with the IPL and such, and we have seen Associate nations challenge the Test nations on more than one occasion. So it is not like the contests will be entirely one-sided. I'm an Aussie, but I'm born Chinese, and I would be thrilled to see countries like China or Japan becoming competitive in cricket in the future. Coincidentally, it would be ideal for cricket to make its re-emergence in the 2020 Games. It would be the revolutionary year of 2020 cricket! Also, on the Great Britain and West Indies matter that Gizza explained, would the match statistics count towards the players' international record? Not that stats matter, the important thing is to aim for the inclusion of cricket in the Olympics!

  • gamer_kumar on August 5, 2008, 11:49 GMT

    Its a pity that cricket has not been included in the olympics till now. The IOC doesn't bother the interests of those countries whose performance is poor in olympics. Thats why cricket was pushed below other games despite attracting people from many parts of the world. Atleast now some one has taken the issue seriously and initiated the issue. Hope to see T20 not in 2020, but sooner than that

  • oorial on August 5, 2008, 11:37 GMT

    Why not, they already have baseball and softball. This will be a third way to hit a ball with a bat (not a racquet, mind you) -- it will be interesting to see which sport wins the marketing and PR battle towards global popularity.

  • fando on August 5, 2008, 11:37 GMT

    Has anyone considered the fact that cricket pitches and fields are highly specialized in shape and nature? Is it reasonable to expect non or minor cricketing nations to be able to provide the facilities for, say, 16 cricket teams to play 20-20? Beijing? London?

  • On-Drive on August 5, 2008, 11:29 GMT

    Having Olympics will push many countries to take T20 Cricket seriously. I thought this idea was already talked about and ICC is working on it. If no one is working on this idea...then I have to say, the people responsible lack vision to spread the game

    Here is my slogan - Twenty20 for 2020

  • riverlime on August 5, 2008, 11:16 GMT

    I figure if baseball has been put forward as an Olympic discipline, with only five countries(US, Mexico, Cuba, Canada, Japan) seriously into it, then why shouldn't cricket be included, with a far greater worldwide exposure.

  • Dixy109 on August 5, 2008, 10:48 GMT

    I think Twenty20 cricket is good news if it is managed properly. This is the perfect way to advertise the shortest format of the game to the rest of the world. I'm sure this will help to take cricket to the next level and help it to catch on in countries where the sport has little coverage such as in Europe and the orient. Youngsters will be able to watch some of the finest cricketers in the world doing what they do best in their living rooms and hopefully this will inspire them to get involved with the sport and help to produce a whole new generation of sporting superstars. Hopefully this will also mean Twenty20 cricket will become available on terrestrial television so more people will be able to watch as all Twenty20 cricket in England is currently only available with digital channels with the Twenty20 Cup on Sky Sports and the IPL on Setanta Sports.

  • Sohrab_Hits on August 5, 2008, 9:34 GMT

    Twenty20 is cricket at its best and I am sure that in the coming years it would be helpful in taking the game to the Olympics. On the other hand many countries have been introduced to Twenty20 for some time now but nothing big has come out. Take for example the World Twenty20 qualifiers in Ireland. Did this make news in Europe? Will the game become a global sport? Not sure.

  • cricketaholic on August 5, 2008, 9:17 GMT

    I really feel this will be the most significant move which can be taken to promote the game at the world stage. After all, we, the cricket lovers want to see that Spain the champions of Europe in soccer being successful in cricket also, China giving Aussies a run for their money as far as World Cup cricket is concerned. And these dreams can turn into reality if this move by some cricketers is supported by the whole cricket fraternity. We don't want to see a tussle between CA, ECB vs BCCI, PCB. We want this game to get globalised.

  • aappaarrkkaarr on August 5, 2008, 7:56 GMT

    Cricket is a rapidly growing sport worldwide and it will be an excellent idea to have it as an Olympic sport. After seeing the success and popularity of the IPL, I don't see any reason for the IOC to reject the sport for the games in 2020. Previously, the 50 over format used to be too long to watch as a whole game but the Twenty20 format has speeded up the game significantly and also increased the competition between the countries. Countries from the subcontinent will be able to play a bigger role in the Olympics, which is good for the games.

  • Gizza on August 5, 2008, 7:45 GMT

    It is wonderful that former and present cricketers are pushing for an inclusion of cricket into the 2020 Olympics. However, there are two issues that need to be sorted out. Firstly, The West Indies can only be represented by individual nations (Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and the like) while there is no 'England'; but a Great Britain that represents the entire nation. Of course, without offending the West Indians, one could say that the team is already not what used to be in their prime so it's not a big loss. Also, exposing the individual nations to an international cricket tournament will improve their fringe players, just as it has done to emerging Indian cricketers in the IPL. As for the England issue, perhaps they can just represent Great Britain entirely although the Scottish and Irish cricket boards may not like that.

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  • Gizza on August 5, 2008, 7:45 GMT

    It is wonderful that former and present cricketers are pushing for an inclusion of cricket into the 2020 Olympics. However, there are two issues that need to be sorted out. Firstly, The West Indies can only be represented by individual nations (Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and the like) while there is no 'England'; but a Great Britain that represents the entire nation. Of course, without offending the West Indians, one could say that the team is already not what used to be in their prime so it's not a big loss. Also, exposing the individual nations to an international cricket tournament will improve their fringe players, just as it has done to emerging Indian cricketers in the IPL. As for the England issue, perhaps they can just represent Great Britain entirely although the Scottish and Irish cricket boards may not like that.

  • aappaarrkkaarr on August 5, 2008, 7:56 GMT

    Cricket is a rapidly growing sport worldwide and it will be an excellent idea to have it as an Olympic sport. After seeing the success and popularity of the IPL, I don't see any reason for the IOC to reject the sport for the games in 2020. Previously, the 50 over format used to be too long to watch as a whole game but the Twenty20 format has speeded up the game significantly and also increased the competition between the countries. Countries from the subcontinent will be able to play a bigger role in the Olympics, which is good for the games.

  • cricketaholic on August 5, 2008, 9:17 GMT

    I really feel this will be the most significant move which can be taken to promote the game at the world stage. After all, we, the cricket lovers want to see that Spain the champions of Europe in soccer being successful in cricket also, China giving Aussies a run for their money as far as World Cup cricket is concerned. And these dreams can turn into reality if this move by some cricketers is supported by the whole cricket fraternity. We don't want to see a tussle between CA, ECB vs BCCI, PCB. We want this game to get globalised.

  • Sohrab_Hits on August 5, 2008, 9:34 GMT

    Twenty20 is cricket at its best and I am sure that in the coming years it would be helpful in taking the game to the Olympics. On the other hand many countries have been introduced to Twenty20 for some time now but nothing big has come out. Take for example the World Twenty20 qualifiers in Ireland. Did this make news in Europe? Will the game become a global sport? Not sure.

  • Dixy109 on August 5, 2008, 10:48 GMT

    I think Twenty20 cricket is good news if it is managed properly. This is the perfect way to advertise the shortest format of the game to the rest of the world. I'm sure this will help to take cricket to the next level and help it to catch on in countries where the sport has little coverage such as in Europe and the orient. Youngsters will be able to watch some of the finest cricketers in the world doing what they do best in their living rooms and hopefully this will inspire them to get involved with the sport and help to produce a whole new generation of sporting superstars. Hopefully this will also mean Twenty20 cricket will become available on terrestrial television so more people will be able to watch as all Twenty20 cricket in England is currently only available with digital channels with the Twenty20 Cup on Sky Sports and the IPL on Setanta Sports.

  • riverlime on August 5, 2008, 11:16 GMT

    I figure if baseball has been put forward as an Olympic discipline, with only five countries(US, Mexico, Cuba, Canada, Japan) seriously into it, then why shouldn't cricket be included, with a far greater worldwide exposure.

  • On-Drive on August 5, 2008, 11:29 GMT

    Having Olympics will push many countries to take T20 Cricket seriously. I thought this idea was already talked about and ICC is working on it. If no one is working on this idea...then I have to say, the people responsible lack vision to spread the game

    Here is my slogan - Twenty20 for 2020

  • fando on August 5, 2008, 11:37 GMT

    Has anyone considered the fact that cricket pitches and fields are highly specialized in shape and nature? Is it reasonable to expect non or minor cricketing nations to be able to provide the facilities for, say, 16 cricket teams to play 20-20? Beijing? London?

  • oorial on August 5, 2008, 11:37 GMT

    Why not, they already have baseball and softball. This will be a third way to hit a ball with a bat (not a racquet, mind you) -- it will be interesting to see which sport wins the marketing and PR battle towards global popularity.

  • gamer_kumar on August 5, 2008, 11:49 GMT

    Its a pity that cricket has not been included in the olympics till now. The IOC doesn't bother the interests of those countries whose performance is poor in olympics. Thats why cricket was pushed below other games despite attracting people from many parts of the world. Atleast now some one has taken the issue seriously and initiated the issue. Hope to see T20 not in 2020, but sooner than that