Pakistan great Shahid Afridi believes T10 format can be cricket's ticket to Olympics

Waseem Ahmed 13:32 01/12/2018
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Shahid Afridi in action for Pakhtoons in the T10 League.

Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi believes the T10 format could be cricket’s route to the Olympic Games.

The veteran is currently representing the Pakhtoons franchise in the second edition of the T10 League in the UAE and feels that the format has come on leaps and bounds since its introduction.

“I think this is the best cricket (T10) you can introduce in the Olympic Games,” Afridi was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“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.”

The 38-year-old is playing in his second season in the T10 League and believes that the format has the capability to change the way cricket is played.

“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,” the former Pakistan international stated.

“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.”

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has been attempting to push for cricket’s inclusion in the Olympics for some time. Just recently, the governing body made a bid for women’s T20 cricket to be included in the 2022 Commonwealth Games to be held in England.

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