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    Cricket in Olympics

    Cricket gets Olympic approval | Cricket News | Global | Cricinfo.com

    Personally feel it would be a great achievement for the game of Cricket to be part of the 2020 Olympics.

    Its about time that we started thinking out of the box and promote the sport in other major markets such as U.S. or even South America.

    But i do wonder if T20s in Olympics would be more like another T20 World Cup since all int'l sides would want to be part of it and win it....
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    Don't think an Olympics T20 competition would be particularly high priority for international teams, but the main thing is to showcase the sport to a new audience and T20 at the Olympics would do a very good job of that.
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    Pretty much agree with Scaly. In "cricket" nations the Olympic status is just the cherry on the icing, but it could help spread the gospel in other countries.

    Take cycling over here; barely ever warranted a mention outside of the Tour, but since we had some success at the Olympics (well quite a fair bit, actually ) it gets reported on regularly now. The Olympics does raise sports' profiles.
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    Some counties have a pot of money purely for developing Olympic sports. Cricket would gain massive funding around the world (in addtition to raised profile) if it was admitted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scaly piscine View Post
    Don't think an Olympics T20 competition would be particularly high priority for international teams
    Why? Winning an Olympic Gold Medal is probably one of the biggest honours you can get in life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfdu_ben91 View Post
    Why? Winning an Olympic Gold Medal is probably one of the biggest honours you can get in life.
    Only for certain sports. I doubt any tennis player would rank an Olympic gold over a GS title. Think it'd be the same for cricket; it'd be nice, but would hardly compare to regaining the Ashes or the Border/Gavaskar trophy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Only for certain sports. I doubt any tennis player would rank an Olympic gold over a GS title. Think it'd be the same for cricket; it'd be nice, but would hardly compare to regaining the Ashes or the Border/Gavaskar trophy.
    Not a matter of ranking it over, but equal. To say that you're an Olympic Gold Medalist has got to be one of the most humbling things one can acchieve, no matter what sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfdu_ben91 View Post
    Not a matter of ranking it over, but equal.
    Equal to the Ashes? pfft.

    The Olympics isnt that big a deal for sports that have an external structure eg football, tennis etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfdu_ben91 View Post
    Not a matter of ranking it over, but equal. To say that you're an Olympic Gold Medalist has got to be one of the most humbling things one can acchieve, no matter what sport.
    Disagree. It's the pinnacle for some, no doubt (athletics and swimming, certainly), but for football, for instance, it hardly registers.

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    i bet you d be hard pressed to find any medalist giving up their gold once they've got one, regardless of which sport.

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    Presumably the WIndies won't be allowed to compete?

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    I think perhaps not a big deal for Australia, or England, but subcontinental teams win almost zero medals at the Olympics - if you remember how big a deal it was for one guy to win a random shooting event last time, you'll realize it. In the Subcontinent, you can bet your ass it'd be a HUGE deal for teams to win it - much bigger than any world cup or bilateral series or Test championship could ever be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Presumably the WIndies won't be allowed to compete?
    Competed as separate countries on the one occasion cricket made the Commonwealth Games, so would guess it'd be the same in the Olympics.

    Obv be problems with England/Scotland/Ireland and GB/Eire too.

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    Sri Lanka, in its history, has two total medals (one silver and one bronze). Pakistan, in its history, has ten total medals. India, with one billion people, has a total of 20 medals. Bangladesh has never won a single medal.

    Remember, that's in their entire history.

    I think people don't realize the magnitude of what a gold would mean to those countries.

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    Well hockey's an Olympic sport and both India and Pakistan have proud histories of success and how's that doing when compared to cricket on the subcontinent nowadays?

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