Commonwealth Games organisers want T20 cricket

Newly-installed Commonwealth Games Federation president keen to introduce Twenty20 cricket

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Commonwealth Games organisers have made the introduction of Twenty20 cricket a top priority.

Cricket made its only appearance at the Games in 1998, when a 50-over competition was won by South Africa, who included test regulars Shaun Pollock, Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs, Mark Boucher and Makhaya Ntini in their starting eleven and beat Mark Waugh’s Australia to take gold.

Seven of the Test-playing nations turned out in Kuala Lumpur, with the West Indies split into individual nations, but England were conspicuous by their absence and the sport has not returned to the Games since, despite its firm roots in the Commonwealth.

There was speculation Twenty20 cricket would appear at last year’s Games in Delhi but there was a lack of support from the Board of Cricket Control in India.

But newly-installed Commonwealth Games Federation president HRH Prince Imran insists that must change.

“It is fundamental that our sports programme continues to evolve in such a way as to sustain the Commonwealth Games pre-eminent status as a multi-sports event,” he said.

“Cricket is synonymous with the Commonwealth and the CGF will be talking to the ICC, and the cricketing authorities of Commonwealth countries, on the best route to bring Twenty20 cricket into future editions.

“This would be enormously popular with both fans and cricketers. It would mean Caribbean countries could compete under their own flag. It would be a fantastic tournament.

“Equity and equality are fundamental Commonwealth values; this is why it is natural and right that we keep our sports programme under constant review.

“This is not just to ensure its relevance, but to ensure we keep athletes – men and women, both abled and disabled, as the focus of everything we do.”

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