Thatscricket - News - Cricket out of Commonwealth Games

Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Melbourne: Cricket is likely to be ruled out at the Commonwealth Games to be held at Melbourne in 2006, state officials said on Tuesday.Cricket was played for the first time at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. The International Cricket Council, the game's governing body, has said it was happy with cricket's debut but wanted to scrap the 50-overs, One-day format.Commonwealth delegates have since said cricket would be dropped altogether after conflicts with a hectic cricket schedule. Hockey, netball and rugby have been retained.''It was always going to be difficult because the 2006 programme has a limit of four team sports which had already been allocated,'' said Basketball Australia chief executive Scott Derwin.''So we were fortunate enough that cricket has now dropped out and we have been the recommended sport to replace it,'' he said. Madden said it was expected the Commonwealth Games Federation would approve the list of sports at its general assembly in Manchester in July.(c) Reuters Limited. Click here for Restrictions

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