Home > News >

Cricket at Olympics: BCCI reject idea; ICC President against ‘dilution’ of game

Cricket hasn't featured in the Olympics for over 100 years © Getty Images
Cricket hasn’t featured in the Olympics for over 100 years © Getty Images

Jul 2, 2014

It is unlikely that cricket will feature in the Olympics anytime in the near future. The idea was rejected at the recent ICC Executive Board meeting in Melbourne as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) opposed it. Mustafa Kamal, the ICC President said that they did not want to dilute cricket by sending less-stronger teams.

Jagmohan Dalmiya, the former ICC President, who represented BCCI at the recent Executive Board meeting, told Daily Mail, “”We have rejected it. We [BCCI] didn’t support the idea. We rejected it because there was a conflict,”

Kamal said that they did not want to dilute the game. He was quoted by Cricket365, “We have debated it a lot, whether we should go to Olympics. Football sends B, C or D teams to Olympics, so what will we gain by sending B, C or D team from cricket? We feel that our value will be diluted if we go there. Cricket has a legacy, it has importance.”

The last time cricket featured in such an event was in 2010 in the Guangzhou Asian Games. India did not send a team, whereas the other Test playing nations such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan send teams that weren’t strong. “Cricket takes time. Something like a 100m run takes 9 seconds. I might need 11 seconds, so you tell me how you can send so many countries and play such a lengthy game in the Olympics?,” Kamal also said.

Cricket last featured in the Olympics in 1900, when only Britain and France played one game. Then, in 1998, it featured in the Commonwealth Games in Malaysia.

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 14, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Colombo

Match drawn

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

Photos

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test

Videos

Highlights of Phil Hughes' double ton

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: Long live the King

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: The last great pace bowling all-rounder

India vs England Live Cricket Score 3rd Test Day 4 at Southampton: Moeen Ali puts England in complete command

Alastair Cook England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 South Africa vs Sri Lanka South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

Pankaj Singh records most expensive match figures by Test debutant without taking a wicket

Virat Kohli departs as India lose fourth wicket on Day 4 against England in 3rd Test at Southampton

England continue to make inroads as India lose Shikhar Dhawan on Day 4 of 3rd Test at Southampton

India steady after early blows against England on Day 4 of 3rd Test at Southampton

ICC to consider Ravindra Jadeja’s appeal in ‘pushgate’ incident to overturn fine

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: A symbol of genius encompassing almost two decades

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: Long live the King

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: How the legend began

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: The last great pace bowling all-rounder

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: Statistical comparison with other all-rounders

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

Samsung Gear S is reportedly the company’s next smartwatch

England continue to make inroads as India lose Shikhar Dhawan on Day 4 of 3rd Test at Southampton

Hrithik Roshan clarifies about alimony dispute with Sussanne Khan!

Emraan Hashmi denies signing a film opposite South actor Sandra Amy!

Connected devices have huge security holes: Study

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: A symbol of genius encompassing almost two decades

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here