The future of cricket February 12, 2010

Cricket gets Olympic approval

Cricinfo staff

Twenty20's push to be part of the 2020 Olympics has received a major fillip with news that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has voted to have the International Cricket Council (ICC) approved. However, while cricket - along with power boating sport climbing - can now bid to join the 2020 games the ICC currently has no imminent plans to have the format included.

"They are recognised federations by us, which now means that they can take part in IOC events," said IOC director of communications Mark Adams during a meeting in Vancouver ahead of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Haroon Lorgat, the ICC's chief executive, welcomed the development. "The ICC is extremely proud of the recognition given to our great sport by the IOC which we always considered to be our first step in becoming a part of the Olympic family," Lorgat said. "At this stage, no consideration or decision has been made regarding participation or applying for approval to participate in the Olympic Games."

Cricket received Olympic "recognition status" in 2007 and faces a stiff battle from other sports, such as golf, karate and baseball, to become part of the programme. The ICC has also been wary of pushing for Twenty20 at the 2020 games. David Morgan, the ICC president, had visited Beijing to meet with IOC officials in 2008, while cautioning the sport to think carefully about a push for a spot at the Olympics.

One of the game's more outspoken advocates of taking cricket - in specific Twenty20 - has been Adam Gilchrist, who at last year's Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's pushed for the game to be included in the 2020 games. The proposal has also received backing from Steve Waugh, Stephen Fleming, Kumar Sangakkara, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Yuvraj Singh.

Cricket was part of the 1900 Olympics in Paris and has not appeared since, but will feature at this year's Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

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  • pak on February 13, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    @ vivekdhayalan... we shall see, but im willing to bet , chennai, calcutta will pretty much have the same attendance.. maybe slightly better but not by much. bottom line is we can go and on about how great test cricket is and how much of a privilege it is for a country to be awarded a "test status".. fact is that outside australia and england cricket is nearly dead, no one has time to put up with 5 day games that last 8+ hrs.. that might even end up in draw, flat pitches have killed test cricket, actually to be honest only time u will ever see a sold out stadium in test match nowadays is during the Ashes.. thats about it... During Australia's come from behind win against pakistan only 1 stand was half full rest of the stadium was pretty much empty.

  • M Vivek on February 13, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    Mr. elitestuff test cricket has lost spectators only in non-cricket traditional cities only.You cannot find empty stands in chennai or eden garden or mumbai ( only india).Test matches must be held only in special places with tradition like in australia or england.

  • Simon on February 13, 2010, 2:41 GMT

    im a keen cricket fan from ireland and have seen our development blighted by the big 2 of our prem batsman defectin to england.I think if cric was included it would promote development n provide more funding to 3rd teir nations like ourselves.I detest those snobby narrow minded fans of cricket who see thier nations as a secluded band of chosen teams, who think any added countries to their so-called premier elite (test nations) wud harm the game.In fact it would be beneficial;have sri lanka been detremental to the game??Or did zimbo not add interest to world cups b4 mugabe came to reign??I think oth global sports have welcomed previously non-traditional nations to the table, so why not cricket.Look in our case (ireland) we will never be a world power (look at our pop base,playin nos etc) but more competitive nations adds more hidden twists n conclusions to a sport.Thats why cric shud be included in d olymipics n expanded beyond its present hosizons

  • Dummy4 on February 13, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    Great to hear!... prospect for cricket @ 2020 Olympics somehow depends on where the game is going to be held... As Rio de je Janeiro is already selected for 2016, 2020 event will likely be awarded to somehwhere outside S America where cricket is least popular.. more chance for game to take place in N America/Africa/Asia, more possibilty for cricket be included in the 2020 event.. Hope for the best..

  • Harsh on February 12, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    Btw. by playing 2020 won't kill test cricket. By seeing neck to neck test competitions among big 7-8 test giants now days. Yeh, but test cricket will die in few countries or (they were never there to begin with). I mean i can't imagine Hong Kong is playing test cricket with Aussies/SA/IND.

  • Harsh on February 12, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    hahaha what a scenario on a joke note: someone has been showing my post to Olympic committee.I am getting Deja vu kind of feeling or something like .. what am I am saying is happening now days. Anyway, what a timing for a news, where Vancouver 2010 is happening. (btw.Opening ceremony today) Its not easy thing to organize, because we all know that Cricket has been one of the costliest sport in the world. Grounds gaurds bats bowls etc. well i think at this level only grounds(land) can be the problem. You know what this coming 2020 W.cup will give some idea how some not famous country can give hiccups to big giants. Anyways, i am happy for cricket. I hope they approve before my fav. players retire completely from Cricket. Peace.

  • Jeremy on February 12, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    I don't want to see any form of cricket at the Olympics. Whenever I watch the Olympics the sports I enjoy to watch the most are the traditional pursuits (i.e. Swimming, Track and Field, Gymnastics etc). It seems like every sport under the sun is constantly pushing for their inclusion at the games. Golf and Ballroom dancing are also bidding to be accepted. Where will it end?! To be honest I dislike the idea of most team sports at the Olympics, such as Soccer, Basketball, Hockey, Handball, Softball and would prefer that sports get cut, not added. Although it would be marvelous exposure for cricket... Anyway, that's my two cents.

  • hayden on February 12, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    i can see why the ioc might want cricket in the olympics with a large chunk of the worlds population living in the sub continent and cricket being the sport of choice for many of them. im all for an olympic medal that wont be won by usa or china or russia! there arent to many events like that!

  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    I HAVE A GREAT IDEA the IPL should be a part of the olympics as then all the players play from all different countries and it is so exciting so it will be good for cricket

  • pak on February 12, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    Yes please... bring test cricket to olympics , thats what this game needs, more empty seats in the olympic stadiums, *sarcasm*, test cricket is turning out to be a joke now, nagpur test between india and RSA drew like 1000 people over 4 days , and here is the kicker... they are ranked 1 and 2 in the world. t20 is the only good form of cricket left in this world, some may argue , what about odi's? what about odi's? just look at the attendance there too..

    -And as to professional cricket players participating in olympics, if Alexander Ovechkin can play for russia while making $10million dollars a year playing for Washington capitals.. i dont see a problem with ricky ponting participating in olympics either.

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