Cricket ruled out of the Olympics


The International Cricket Council ( ICC) has ruled out the inclusion of cricket in the Olympic Games. The ICC took this decision, at its Executive Board meeting in London, apparently due to a “conflict”. Jagmohan Dalmiya, who represented the Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI) at the ICC Executive Board meeting, confirmed this development on Sunday.

“We have rejected it [ inclusion of cricket in the Olympics]; we [BCCI] didn’t support the idea. We rejected it because there was a conflict,” Dalmiya told Mail Today. However, Dalmiya, who attended this and other meetings, deputising for N. Srinivasan after he ‘stepped aside’ as BCCI chief pending the outcome of an IPL inquiry against his son- in- law, declined to elaborate on what this conflict was.

For the inclusion of cricket at the Olympics, the ICC would have had to apply formally with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the earliest the game could have been included was at the 2024 Games. One major reason could be the possible loss of revenues for the ICC as T20 is the only format that could have been played at the Olympics. This format also happens to be one of the biggest revenue earners for the ICC, and the game’s governing body would not have liked to lose a major source of revenue. This income is distributed amongst member countries, and no country would like to sacrifice that.

This was also pointed out by the MCC World Cricket Committee in February, when it said that ICC would lose money if cricket were to be played at the Olympics.

“The MCC World Cricket committee appreciates that a great deal of effort may be needed to lobby for the inclusion of cricket in the Olympic Games of 2024,” said a statement after that meeting held in Auckland.

“The committee accepts that, were cricket to be played in the Olympics, there would be a shortterm loss in income for the ICC, and therefore for dispersion to its members, but is impressed with the potential boost for the game worldwide if cricket were to be included,” it said.

“Furthermore, the committee advocates T20 cricket as the format to be played at the Olympics, thereby providing the ‘pinnacle’ of that form of the sport.” The other factor could have been that some countries would not have liked to send their top players to the Olympics if the dates of their bilateral series or that of the T20 World Cup clashed with the world’s biggest sporting event.

This problem arose at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, held in Kuala Lumpur. There was big drama in India with regard to the selection of the team as the Commonwealth Games dates clashed with the Sahara Cup held in Toronto. Finally, Sachin Tendulkar, along with captain Ajay Jadeja, vice- captain Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman and Harbhajan Singh etc were picked in the team while Mohammad Azharudin captained the team that went to Toronto and also included Sourav Ganguly as vicecaptain, Navjot Singh Sindhu, Rahul Dravid, Nayan Mongia, and Ajit Agarkar.

The BCCI also did not send both men’s and women’s teams to the 2010 Asian Games held in Guangzhou from November 12 and 27 because the dates clashed with India’s home series against New Zealand. Bangladeshi men and Pakistani women won the gold medals.

Over the years, many prominent personalities have given their vote to cricket’s inclusion in the Olympics. “We would welcome an application. It’s an important, popular sport and very powerful on television. It’s a sport with a great tradition where mostly you have a respect of the ethics,” IOC president Jacques Rogge had said in 2011.

Cricket was played at the Olympics only once before, in 1900, when Britain won the gold by beating France.


LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Cricketers play cricket on the pitch during the preshow prior to the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, ... more 
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Cricketers play cricket on the pitch during the preshow prior to the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) less 
1 / 12
| Photo by Staff / Stu Forster
Sun 29 Jul, 2012 3:30 PM IST

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Royal test for Kings

Royal test for Kings

Preview — Clash of philosophies between Australia-centric teams More »

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

The Nawab of Najafgarh says a good run in IPL could help his chances of a comeback on India's tour to England in June. More »

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Furious fifties by Duminy and Dinesh Karthik end a long losing streak for the Daredevils. More »

Five things England must do to bounce back

Five things England must do to bounce back

England have appointed a new head coach in Peter Moores. More »

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

Royal Challengers overcame a stutter to cruise to the small target they were set by Mumbai Indians. More »

‘Felt like helpless minority’

‘Felt like helpless minority’

Former BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke says emotions got the better of the Srinivasan and he tried to oversimplify things by calling Meiyappan an “enthusia… More »

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

Kevin Pietersen's hopes of reviving his international career appeared to end Saturday when ECB managing director Paul Downton said there was 'no way back'… More »

The world record that nearly wasn't

The world record that nearly wasn't

Twenty years ago this week, Brian Lara became Test cricket's highest scorer, but he almost didn't make it. More »

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

His status as president of TNCA makes him eligible to attend the Working Committee meeting on Sunday. More »

Moores gets second stint as coach

Moores gets second stint as coach

In a two-year spell from 2007 to 2009, the 51-year-old Moores led England in seven Test series. More »

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh's senior players will have three sessions with a psychological skill development coach later this month More »

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Glenn Maxwell seems to project an icy disdain when at the crease. Match situations rarely faze him and the bubble in which he plays excludes everyone … More »

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

Dalmiya feels that Srinivasan’s ‘power hungry’ attitude isn’t helping matters. More »

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

The 36-year-old believes the T20 format and rule changes in 50-over matches have made a real difference. More »

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Kevin Pietersen has ridiculed the idea of day-night Test cricket, saying the game would be so different to proper Test cricket that we will need a whole… More »

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

The bowlers restricted Hyderabad to 133 for 6 before Rahane and Binny took Rajasthan over the line. More »

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

The Kings XI batsman blasted a 43-ball 95 to help his team pull off a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings. More »

BCCI members want independent probe

BCCI members want independent probe

The board members are realising after the Supreme Court's observations that something has to be done — IS Bindra More »

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

Two former BCCI presidents, Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, have reacted strongly to the news of the BCCI calling an emergent meeting on Sunday… More »

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Preview — The threat of Sunil Narine looms large again. More »

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Preview — Given the firepower in both line-ups, Dubai crowd may see another high-scorer More »

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity… More »

Stressed Trott stands down again

Stressed Trott stands down again

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday confirmed that batsman Jonathan Trott is to take another break from all cricket with immediate eff… More »

PCB starts another coach hunt

PCB starts another coach hunt

The PCB has decided to not extend the contracts of head coach Moin Khan, fielding coach Shoaib Mohammad and batting consultant Zaheer Abbas, and has invited… More »