IOA keen to have cricket in C~~wealth Games

Published: Friday, May 6, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Indian Olympic Association today said that removal of the cap on number of sports disciplines at Commonwealth Games paved the way for cricket's inclusion at the 2010 edition in Delhi but it wanted the best Indian team to be fielded.

"At the Melbourne meeting (of Commonwealth Games Federation), the cap on number of sports of 15 was lifted. It is no longer there and we are keen to have cricket in the 2010 Games in Delhi," IOA President Suresh Kalmadi said here after a meeting with Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) President Ranbir Singh Mahendra.

"Mahendra has responded positively to our proposal. We have put only one condition, that if it (cricket) is included in CWG, it should be the best team," Kalmadi said.

Cricket and Commonwealth Games share a bitter past when the BCCI did not field a full strength team at the 1998 edition in Kuala Lumpur.

Although Sachin Tendulkar was part of the team in Malaysia, most of the senior cricketers were away to play in a triangular series in Toronto, Canada, at the same time.

Mahendra said such a thing would not happen again.

"We agree in principle for the sport to be included in the Games, but everything has to be decided by the Working Committee," he said.

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