Cricket could be a part of Commonwealth Games

Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:The organisers of the 2010 Commonwealth Games are trying to include cricket as one of the disciplines at the mega event and have asked the game's international governing body as well as its Indian affiliate for their views in this regard.

"We have contacted the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the BCCI for their feedback for inclusion of cricket and are waiting for their response," Suresh Kalmadi, Chairman of the 2010 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, told PTI.

The Games traditionally include only 15 events but the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has agreed to lift the cap as a concession for India, paving the way for more sports to be included at the event to be held in the capital city.

"We are trying to get an additional five disciplines for the New Delhi Games taking the total number of sports to 20 and cricket could be one of them," Kalmadi, who is also the President of the Indian Olympic Association, said.

He was speaking after the inauguration of the 2010 Commonwealth Games Secretariat at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here by the president of the Commonwealth Games Federation Mike Fennell.

There are five mandatory disciplines at the Commonwealth Games which include Athletics, Lawn Bowls, Rugby Sevens, Swimming and Netball. The other sports to be made part of a particular Games are decided by the host association in consultation with that game's governing body and the CGF.

"We have asked the ICC and the BCCI to clarify if they want cricket to be a part of the 2010 Commonwealth Games and if so, in what format, the 50-overs one-day matches or the Twenty20 variety," Kalmadi said, adding "we, however, have not heard from them in this regard as yet."

Having said so, he made it clear that cricket would be welcomed in the Commonwealth Games fold only if the best players from all participating countries were part of the event.

"We can have cricket at the 2010 Games only if the best players come. Otherwise, it will not be included," Kalmadi said.

Cricket made its only appearance at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games and many countries, including India, could not send their strongest possible sides because of other tournaments in progress at the same time.

South Africa won the gold medal beating Australia in the final.

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