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Rahul Dravid has scored 13288 in 164 Tests and 10889 runs in 344 ODIs. He scored 31 runs in a T20. Dravid has 2174 runs in 89 matches of IPL. -File photo
Former captain of the Indian team Rahul Dravid has spoken about the inclusion of cricket’s T20 format in the Olympics. He said that this format is played in 75 countries. If T20 is included in the Olympics, the sport will have to increase further in these countries.
In the past, many cricket boards and veteran players have also spoken about the inclusion of T20 format in the Olympics. A survey was also conducted by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2018. Under this, 87% of the fans have said to include T20 in the Olympics.
India not keen on sending cricket team to Olympics
However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the richest member of the ICC, is not keen on sending its team to the Olympics. Cricket has also been included in the Asian Games of 2010 and 2014. Even then India had not sent any of its teams.
Cricket requires different facilities
Indian legend Dravid told cricket website ESPN Cricinfo, “I believe that if the T20 format becomes part of the Olympics, it would be a very good thing.” It would also be good for 75 countries that play T20 format. Obviously, there will be some challenges with this, because a sport like cricket requires different facilities.
Dravid said- Recently we have seen IPL succeed even in difficult times. If you arrange all the necessary facilities on the venue, this is also possible. This may be possible if carried forward with the schedule. I believe that cricket will also have to make some efforts on its part to join the Olympics. This may take some time, but is not impossible.