The future of cricket February 12, 2010

Cricket gets Olympic approval

Cricinfo staff
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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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  • elitestuff 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.

  • Vernacular_Press 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.

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

    im a keen cricket fan from ireland and have seen our development blighted by the big nations...eg 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

  • 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..

  • knowledge_eater 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.

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

    http://www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/446349.html

    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.

  • robotiger 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.

  • redneck 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!

  • 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

  • elitestuff 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.

  • elitestuff 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.

  • Vernacular_Press 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.

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

    im a keen cricket fan from ireland and have seen our development blighted by the big nations...eg 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

  • 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..

  • knowledge_eater 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.

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

    http://www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/446349.html

    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.

  • robotiger 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.

  • redneck 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!

  • 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

  • elitestuff 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.

  • on February 12, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    Great New :)Hoping to see cricket in olympics soon

  • Troyd on February 12, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    Here's a suggestion. Keep all test Nations (maybe even Associates?, or say 'profesisonals'?) out of Olympics. Along the same lines , kind-of,as football. Let Olympics be somehting special, something of a goal, somehting looked forward to, not a burden for overplayed teams. Afghanistan v Uganda playing for the T20 Gold medal would get, i would think, great watching figures, in their home market anyway. For smaller nations developing the sport [Mozambique, Suriname, El Salvador etc] , Olympics qualification would still be difficult of course, but far more of a realistic goal than otherwise. Local Governemntal Sports Bodies would be more likely to support the growth of the sport, if Olympic Qualification was a possibility. In this context anyway it does not need to be a substitute for Test Cricket. Think 15-aside & 7 aside rugby as welll, for another kind-of comparison

  • on February 12, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    i am for cricket in olympics

  • mourya18 on February 12, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Hey guys, it's time to stop commenting on t20's. It's the most honourable moment in the cricket history. At last some form of cricket is going to be part of the world sport. cheer up mates

  • swat1999 on February 12, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    Very good move, just go ahead & do, we love to see cricket in Olympic circle soon

  • 123_4 on February 12, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    @ Agha Waleed Hasan, it will take far too long 2 complete an odi tournament during the olympics while t20 will far less time and still provide more entertainment to crowds who tend to be largely unaware of cricket.

  • TwitterJitter on February 12, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    No cricket in Olympics please. Nothing to gain by seeing a bunch of new teams playing T20 cricket. More countries playing T20 means end of other forms of crickt because schedule will not permit it. Test cricket olympics - yes. :-). I am not willing to see a bunch of new teams playing T20 cricket at the expense of test cricket because there will simply will not be time to play test cricket with 26 teams scheduling bilateral T20 games with each other.

  • NEUTRAL_FAN on February 12, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    I cannot believe, some cricket fans are against cricket being at the olympics! Why on earth not? The Olympics is one of the oldest sporting events ever...ever! It is great for the sport. Even if it does not become a big global hit because of it, at least people WILL know more about it. I only knew about fencing and diving because they are olympic sports! I will never get into diving but at least its fascinating at times. More than spread knowledge of the game, why not realise what it may do for the associate teams (SPONSORSHIPS?). It is my dream to see Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands and now Afghanistan grow into test nations, at least reaching the level of the NZ cricket team. Even if they reach the level of Bangladesh, maybe then we can split cricket into 2 divisions! It will also increase the amnt o cricket without player burn-out. We can watch cricket more often but guys like Chris Gayle and Afridi might not have to play as often!

  • Lennon_Marx on February 12, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    Whilst I agree with the several here bemoaning the overuse of the T20 format (and especially anything to do with Lalit Modi) I have cautious optimism about the prospect of an Olympics. As with any sport cricket should not feel the need to apologise for trying to expand its playing base and market beyond its traditional hubs. Exposure at the Olympics automatically forces nations like Ireland, Canada and Holland; and with time at Olympic level Russia, Germany, China and the US; to sit up and take the format seriously and hopefully throw some money at developing players and infrastructure to compete at the highest level. More nations playing at the top level means more competitive World Cups and hopefully more bases where test cricket cam be appreciated. But all this can really only be facilitated by the ICC demonstrating its commitment to the globalisation of the game, especially into the only relevant market vis-a-vis the Olympics, the United States.

  • on February 12, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    thats jst grt. i hope we will be watchng cricket in 2020 olympics.

  • C.Jordan on February 12, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Wao..... it is really nice to read out such a good news from cricinfo page................

    Thanks to the olympics committee to take a good step............ bcoz nowadays it is sometimes boring to see only Australia- England Ashes............... Even India -Australia or India -Pakistan series................... it only attracts the people of these 2 countries in bilateral series..... In the Past , not more than 10 yrs ago... people of whole cricket world used to become excited over these bilateral series.............. but nowadays people r lacking interst in bilateral series and we r actually exhausted as the same faces same countries playing the same game yr after yr..... but, i think t-20 will make this game more interesting and more popular all over the world.....

  • nahazzzz on February 12, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Including this at the Olympics would affect greatly the sides desperate for one more Gold Medal, or those who have never won any...The bigger affect would be in places like Nepal or Malaysia, where kids would dream of one day winning a medal for their country. I think they might restrict it to under-23 like soccer to decrease its effects on the schedule, in which case Bangladesh might have a chance. How long since India, Pakistan have won Gold at Olympics?

    One other thing- they should ban players that have not had residence in a country for 4 years minimum no matter what, unless they are under 18. It would be annoying to see Indian ex-pats wining Gold for Canada or sth..

    If there's cricket at the Olympics, I'd follow it more, as will most sub-continentals.

  • Sidhanta-Patnaik on February 12, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    Good news. We should build on the momentum to reach out to more countries.

  • Ozcricketwriter on February 12, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    Isn't this why T20 was created? Like how soccer (football) uses the olympics as a way to attract others to their sport, rather than the epitome of the sport, cricket can do the same thing and show the world what cricket has to offer. 2020 is the right year to aim for and T20 is the right format. I'd even say to get super gimmicky and go for 20 teams :). 8 test teams, whoever the host is, plus 11 other teams that can qualify. Leading countries like USA, Russia and China will try to get good as they can't stand to have a single sport that they don't win gold in and hey presto cricket has worldwide appeal.

  • on February 12, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    hmmmmm.........I dont think cricket should be part of the olympics and even if it does PLEASE NO T20I's! I'ts tooooo much t20 cricket! I think the ICC should actually prefer more and more Tests and ODI's than T20Is. T20's are spoiling cricket! Ya know I think the ICC should put a tour like this : 5 or 6 Tests, 5 or 7 ODI's and just 1 or maximum 2 T20I's.

  • Just_slogout on February 12, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    I don't understand why people are so gung-ho about Olympics. In fact I never understood the need to expand the horizon of cricket. If we see the history than we can easily observe that cricket has survived without any of this sort of gimmick. Despite Australia-England playing the ashes series for so many years, no body has got tired by watching them. I don't understand the need for creating new markets. This is just from the POV of cricket, money is altogether a different matter. In my view, expanding cricket will only help in creating new markets for television, otherwise I don't see anything exciting coming out of it. I also don't see any new team coming up and challenging the Top 9. Whatever cricket pundits saying, I think, despite few countries participating in international cricket, we've got enough diversity in teams (regions wise).

  • StaalBurgher on February 12, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    I can't stand the Olympics. People only tune in to watch certain events. I really can't see Americans or Brazilians tuning to watch a Eng vs Aus T20. It also means we will have to play for of this forsaken T20 rubbish. We already have some stupid ICC trophy nearly every year... more Test cricket please!

  • tfjones1978 on February 12, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    Cricket should be in Olympics as T20I, 16 teams (4 by 4 => Semis => Final).

  • on February 12, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    Thats great to hear. As a fan of Cricket I'm really proud. Cricket deseves it. Always I'm against the shortest format. But, I now understand that this format got some great credit to be well enough to be recognized by the Olypics.

    Long live Cricket. Happy that we are gonna see Cricket in Asian Games this year. Looking forward for more News about this Story.

  • le_stephenois on February 12, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    What are people trying to accomplish by putting Cricket in the Olympics? Recognition? LOL!! Think about Handball, Equestrian, Water polo etc. these sports have been in the Olympics for years yet have little recognition. Cricket is a serious global sport and big sports rarely make a splash in the Olympics. Does anyone care which team holds the Football Gold Medal? How about the Tennis Gold holder. Cricket's elite contests are the two World Cups, the Ashes and other rivalries, Olympics has no place here, it'll just be ignored as it is in Football.

  • on February 12, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Good step forward!!! Now India can have some medal hopes.

  • LACONFIDENTIAL on February 12, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    T20 is the bane of modern cricket as the side effect of globalization, no one can do much since its absolutely required to market it globally.. and yes you could see cricket following the steps of field hockey where in time most of the rules where changed to favour european style of play

  • on February 12, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    shud go for olympics, only t20 can qualify, from the current formats!!

  • DrArshad on February 12, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    Wonderful, thats an excellent opportunity for cricket to go global. Perhaps now teams and players will yearn more for Olympic glory than just money. 20 20 is an ideal format for olympics. Is there anything more glorious than representing ones country in the most prestigious event.

  • Kalavo on February 12, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    True that ATL48. ICC is a joke to be honest, not sure what they are trying to do here, they think its too good a thing to be allowed others to play haha

  • ATL48 on February 12, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    I am all for not shoving T20 down people's throats, but it is the perfect game for the Olympics. Sometimes i don't even understand the logic behind some of the ideas that the ICC puts out.

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  • ATL48 on February 12, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    I am all for not shoving T20 down people's throats, but it is the perfect game for the Olympics. Sometimes i don't even understand the logic behind some of the ideas that the ICC puts out.

  • Kalavo on February 12, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    True that ATL48. ICC is a joke to be honest, not sure what they are trying to do here, they think its too good a thing to be allowed others to play haha

  • DrArshad on February 12, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    Wonderful, thats an excellent opportunity for cricket to go global. Perhaps now teams and players will yearn more for Olympic glory than just money. 20 20 is an ideal format for olympics. Is there anything more glorious than representing ones country in the most prestigious event.

  • on February 12, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    shud go for olympics, only t20 can qualify, from the current formats!!

  • LACONFIDENTIAL on February 12, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    T20 is the bane of modern cricket as the side effect of globalization, no one can do much since its absolutely required to market it globally.. and yes you could see cricket following the steps of field hockey where in time most of the rules where changed to favour european style of play

  • on February 12, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Good step forward!!! Now India can have some medal hopes.

  • le_stephenois on February 12, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    What are people trying to accomplish by putting Cricket in the Olympics? Recognition? LOL!! Think about Handball, Equestrian, Water polo etc. these sports have been in the Olympics for years yet have little recognition. Cricket is a serious global sport and big sports rarely make a splash in the Olympics. Does anyone care which team holds the Football Gold Medal? How about the Tennis Gold holder. Cricket's elite contests are the two World Cups, the Ashes and other rivalries, Olympics has no place here, it'll just be ignored as it is in Football.

  • on February 12, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    Thats great to hear. As a fan of Cricket I'm really proud. Cricket deseves it. Always I'm against the shortest format. But, I now understand that this format got some great credit to be well enough to be recognized by the Olypics.

    Long live Cricket. Happy that we are gonna see Cricket in Asian Games this year. Looking forward for more News about this Story.

  • tfjones1978 on February 12, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    Cricket should be in Olympics as T20I, 16 teams (4 by 4 => Semis => Final).

  • StaalBurgher on February 12, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    I can't stand the Olympics. People only tune in to watch certain events. I really can't see Americans or Brazilians tuning to watch a Eng vs Aus T20. It also means we will have to play for of this forsaken T20 rubbish. We already have some stupid ICC trophy nearly every year... more Test cricket please!