Windies for T20 as Olympic sport
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron has thrown his support behind Twenty20’s inclusion as an Olympic sport but concedes that achieving this could prove a tough challenge.
He pointed out that with the bigger nations not yet sold on cricket, it was important to first get the sport included in smaller global competitions such as the Pan American Games, whose organising body is an affiliate of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), reports CMC.
“I do support T20s in the Olympics, I think it will appeal to a global audience, so having it there will be great for the sport,” Cameron said on Tuesday. He added: “It is very difficult to get in because even in the cricket environment, the other big countries will have to agree. Some of the bigger countries are not in favour so this makes it very hard.”
The T20 format has emerged as perhaps the most popular of the three versions of cricket, since its emergence over the last decade.Cricket’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), quickly moved to institute the T20 World Cup which was first played 8 years ago.