Afridi says T10 could be cricket’s gateway to Olympics
December 1, 2018
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has put his weight behind T10 cricket, saying the new format could be cricket’s gateway into the Olympics.
Afridi, playing in his second season of the T10 League with the Pakhtoons, said he has 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.
Afridi speaking to media said, “I think this is the best cricket you can introduce in the Olympic Games. 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.
Morgan said T10 could be something you could potentially propose to an Olympic committee.
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.