Dunno if this has been done before but does cricket warrant a place in the Olympic Games. Yay or nay??
compared to whats in there now it does.
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No. Only about 20-odd countries actively promote it and only 7 have a chance in hell of a medal, if you divide the West Indies up into its member islands.
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I think they had cricket in the Olympics once before...
I think you're referring to the Commonwealth Games.Originally Posted by Dydl
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Last edited by Josh; 24-01-2006 at 07:52 PM.
No, they did have it once or twice, in something like 1908.Originally Posted by Josh
Well then I've never seen itOriginally Posted by andyc
Well, since you probably weren't alive in 1908, you wouldn't have seen it..Originally Posted by Josh
That was the point of my post...Originally Posted by Dydl
Rugby union couldn't make it in and neither should cricket. The problem I have with either of these sports (my two favourite, incidentally) is that in rugby's case, sevens was being offered as the form of the game that would be played (ala Commonwealth Games) and as others said, Twenty20 would probably be the only feasible option for the Olympics. But neither sevens nor Twenty20 are the purest form of their sports. When you compare this to the simple sports like athletics and swimming, which don't alter much at all from what would be on offer at world championships, I think the quality on show would be compromised too much.
I voted for yes. Cricket can be included in the olympic games in the full 50-over ODI format. When Cricket was included in the 1998 Commonwealth games, the cricket matches began a few days earlier than the actual event and so the same can happen in the olympics. However, the problem is that only about 20 countries have an active particapation in cricket whereas the others dont care about their cricket teams really. However that can be a good thing as with 20 teams, we will need lesser matches.
Best of all, having cricket in the olympics gives chance to countries like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to have a good chance of getting an Olympic medal, something which is rare for these countires(except probably India, but then it has been ages since we won an Olympic gold medal way back in 1980.) India, has had to satisfy itself with just 1 non-gold medal in the last 3 olympic games with the show in the 2004 olympic games being the most disappointing except Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. All our medal hopes failed one by one and were quickly out of contention and we had to satisfy ourselves with just a lone silver medal whn contries with only 1 million population, bagged gold medals easily.
Cricket should be in the olympics but it should be a twenty20 tournament.
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