Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan has said that T10 version of cricket should be used as cricket’s gateway to Olympics.
While speaking to media in Karachi, Khan said that cricket is being played all over the globe which is why it should be included in the Olympics.
“T10 cricket should be included in Olympics,” said Khan. “Cricket is played all over the world and it makes sense to include the sport in Olympics as well.”
Khan was also optimistic about Pakistan’s chances of winning series against New Zealand: “Pakistan have a good chance to win the Test series against Kiwis.”
Khan — who is the top run-scorer for Pakistan in Test matches — also said that the board should be patient with players in order to bring the best out of them, ahead of the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.
“PCB should give time to players in order to ensure that they perform to the best of their ability,” he said. “This is important bearing in mind the upcoming World Cup in England.”
Earlier, Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi in an interview said the T10 format could be cricket’s gateway to the Olympics.
“I think this is the best cricket you can introduce in the Olympic Games,” Afridi told ESPNcricinfo. “I think you can take the game there and show the world what cricket is all about. I think this is the perfect format to introduce cricket and we are all enjoying it, which is the main thing.”
England’s Eoin Morgan had endorsed a similar view during the inaugural season of the T10 League last year, stating that T10 cricket was easiest on the eye.
“I think T10 could be something you could potentially propose to an Olympic committee,” Morgan had told ESPNcricinfo. “When you look at the T20 game, it goes on for a little bit longer, so if you are talking about playing a role in the Olympics then you’d probably have ten teams or more and that would probably last five or six weeks. But a ten-over league could be done in about eight days which could be right.”
Following shortly after ICC’s bid for a women’s cricket event at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, Afridi’s comments could particularly add to ICC’s ambition for cricket to feature in the Olympics.
The one and only time cricket took place in the Olympics was back in 1900, when Great Britain beat France to claim gold. More than 118 years on, Afridi is of the opinion that T10 might just be the key to unlocking cricket’s participation in sport’s pinnacle global event.