Lords of the rings
Cricket is all set to reach Olympian heights with the game’s inclusion in the greatest sporting event ever.india Updated: Feb 14, 2010 21:00 IST
Just when a few medals in the Olympics bag had shifted the spotlight away from our national obsession to a handful of ‘other’ sports, comes this bouncer: Cricket might yet get to crash the Olympic party in 2020, 120 years after it was shown the door. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has finally voted to have the International Cricket Council (ICC) approved and the latter can now bid to join the Games, the first time after the Paris Olympics in 1900. Dhoni and Co. may not be feeling the love these days, what with a Test drubbing, but their inclusion in the Indian Olympic crew is bound to lift Indian spirits, as well as Doordarshan’s ratings. After all, there’s only so much they can do with re-runs of the javelin throw or Vijender Singh’s knockabouts.
With Indian hockey getting the short end of the stick in recent years, cricket is probably India’s most pampered bet for team glory in the international arena. Or so the cynics would have us believe. But the real challenge for the Indian team is going to be that of trying to extricate itself from the glitz and glamour of the T20 trap back home — a thought that seems to be tying the ICC chief executive Haroon Logart in knots already.
But then the shorter version of the game — also the one preferred for the big splash a decade from now — is only getting bigger and shinier everyday. So, just like you can never be too thin or too rich, the latest approval by the IOC just goes to show that you can never have too much cricket. As for the ICC’s warriors waiting to make a grand entrance into the world’s biggest sporting arena, here’s a thought: now that cricket is finally going Olympic, you might want to watch out for that nimble Chinese googly.