Although there have been talks over the years to see cricket in the Olympics, it has not gained any traction in the right places to date.
However, Windies’ ace opening batsman Chris “Universe Boss” Gayle would like to see cricket’s latest and shortest format — T10 be included as part of the Olympic Games schedule.
The fact of the matter is cricket is one of the most popular games on the planet, and to continue to deny it, the pride of place at the Olympics is a travesty of justice in the world of sports.
With the advent of the T20 and T10 format of the game, it is prime time to introduce the game in the World’s biggest sports extravaganza.
Gayle is representing Team Abu Dhabi and is among several Windies’ players who will be participating in the upcoming Abu Dhabi T10 League, which gets underway on January 28 and ends February 6 this year.
“At the moment, I’m actually getting some well-needed rest but keeping the Abu Dhabi T10 League in mind, I’m going to start some training soon and get ready to be back in business,” said Gayle in an earlier press report.
He touted the many talented players participating in the competition this year and expressed his delight in returning to the competition.
“There are lots of talented players who will be on show, with the likes of Kieron Pollard and the other international players. So, I’m definitely looking forward to being back with Team Abu Dhabi. South Africa’s Chris Morris is also in my team, and I’ve played with him before, so it’s good to be back playing with him and the boys again,” Gayle reportedly said.
Additionally, Gayle argued that a T10 cricket format in the Olympics would be huge for the game of cricket.
“I would absolutely love to see T10 within the Olympics. It would be something huge for the sport from a general point of view,” he opined.
The 41-year-old T20 batting legend said further that the T10 cricket platform would be a market offering that the U.S. would readily buy into as a sports option.
” I also think T10 can be (held) within the United States also since it’s a big platform. I think most people don’t recognize the States (U.S.) for cricket, but T10 is very much suitable to be held within the USA, and I believe it can help generate bigger revenues as well,” said Gayle.”
Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau , Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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