Former South African cricketer and administrator Ali Bacher feels that cricket should be played seven-a-side during the Olympics instead of eleven-a-side. Bacher feels that it will add a lot of audience participation. His comments arrive after International Cricket Council (ICC) is taking efforts to make cricket a part of the forthcoming Olympic Games 2028 in Los Angeles.
Recently, the International Cricket Council has announced plans to add cricket to the Olympics by 2028. , Former Proteas cricketer Ali Bacher termed inducting cricket in the Olympics to be a great idea. However, he mentions that cricket must be play with seven-a-side instead of 11.
What did Ali Bacher said ?
“That’s a great idea. But it’s not rugby sevens, it’s rugby sevens like rugby. You’ll get a big audience. Why shouldn’t it be sevens? Why not? The Olympics are the largest sporting event in the world. Why cricket shouldn’t be part of it. The rules can be changed. You can do it. These changes are not insurmountable, “Bacher said. Bacher said it’s “ridiculous” for teams like England to test 17 times a year, but some countries are struggling to match them.
“Currently, the biggest problem with cricket in the world is that it is dominated by Australia, India and the United Kingdom. Where else to find this, England will have 17 test matches. This is ridiculous. Countries like Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West England Islands are rubbing to get some test matches. This is wrong. Three countries cannot dominate the world’s cricket. Bangladesh Passed over a long time but beat Australia 4-1 in the Twenty 20 series. I can’t allow the game to be controlled and manipulated in three countries. I’m World Cricket today I’m completely against what’s happening in.
“The sport is all about cash, and the cash is in these leagues. That’s the place the sponsors are. That’s the place the crowds are and the TV viewers. You can’t cease it sadly. In 5 or ten years’ time, individuals might love Take a look at cricket or not. Who is aware of? Australia and England will play the Ashes for 100 years. However what is going to occur to Take a look at cricket in different components. You watch the Take a look at matches within the West Indies, there’s no one there. It’s a worrying facet. The domination by three nations should cease.”
However, he also added that “Cricket must be a seven-a-side, not an eleven at the Olympics. It will win a large audience”.