Roger Binny, a former Indian cricketer agrees with Mukherjee and says, “Cricket is played by very few countries.” Substantiating his point, Binny says, “Cricket does not have support in the Olympics from different countries.”
One doesn't see any reason to differ with Binny, as it would certainly be unfair to even think of getting support from countries who aren't even aware about cricket. “More than 50% of the countries do not even know, what cricket is,” Binny makes his point.
Some cricket fans believe that it is the T20, which can be introduced into the Games, as it does not consume much time. But Binny disagrees, “T20 is not the right format to promote the game in the Olympics.” Indeed, Binny is right, as Olympics is one of the most viewed sporting events in the world and T20 is not the best form of cricket. It is the most entertaining and revenue generating, but not the best format, at least for pure cricket fans.
So, can we expect the sport to be included in the future? But, at least for the next two Olympics, there is no chance for the game to be included in the Olympics. “Various sports that are going to be played during the Olympics are selected eight years prior to that particular Olympic Games,” informs Mukherjee.
Apart from this there are several other factors, which make it difficult for cricket to be made as an Olympic sport. The game is played in very less number of countries, hence the host nation may not have the required facilities too. One may say they would build it, but what use would that stadium be, if the host nation does not play that sport?
So the game may only be inducted into the list of Olympics after it truly becomes a global. Will cricket ever witness more than 100 cricket playing nations? It just seems to be a distant dream for cricket fans all over the world.
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