Afridi proposes T10 cricket in Olympics
Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has pointed out a new importance of T10 cricket, as he believes this new format could bring cricket back into the Olympics.
Afridi, who is currently representing the Pakhtoons in the ongoing second season of the T10 League, said he been greatly encouraged by the league’s growth and sees ten-over cricket as the perfect format for introducing a wider audience to the game.
“I think this is the best cricket you can introduce in the Olympic Games,” Afridi said. ““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.”
Afridi is not the only one to put his weight behind the T10 format. Earlier England’s Eoin Morgan had also expressed similar feelings regarding this new and fun format of the game.
“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.”
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.
Meanwhile, Afridi is also of the opinio that cricket itself will benefir from the existence of T10 cricket. “It’s quick fire, a big test of bowlers. Batsmen can show their skills and I saw myself some great innings, some great skills, some great shots,” said Afridi of T10’s greatest selling points. “I think cricket will change with [T10]. Even T20 and one-day cricket will change with this cricket. I think you can take it [around the world] definitely because of the time,” Afridi said.