Cricket Should Be Played Seven-A Side During Olympics Instead Of 11, Says Ali Bacher

Ali Bacher

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.

ICC has also formed an Olympic Working Committee for this purpose. The committee has three chairmen- USA Cricket chief Paraag Marathe, English board chief Ian Watmore, and PepsiCo Inc CEO Indra Nooyi. Recently, USA Cricket chief Paraag Marathe had informed that ICC prefers a T20 format for cricket in Olympics, but will be ready for any other format that IOC (International Olympic Committee) requests.

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Cricket Should Be Played Seven-A Side During Olympics Games: Ali Bacher

Speaking to News18, former Proteas cricketer Ali Bacher termed inducting cricket in the Olympics to be a great idea. However, he mentioned that cricket should be played seven-a-side instead of 11.

“It’s a great idea. But not eleven-a-side cricket, but like Rugby, seven-a-side. You will get big audiences. Why should it not be seven-a-side. Why not? The Olympics is the world’s biggest sporting event. Why should not cricket be part of it. The rules can be changed; it can be done. Those changes are not insurmountable,” Bacher said.

Ali Bacher
Ali Bacher[photo: Twitter]

Ali Bacher also said that world cricket is currently dominated by only three countries Australia, India, and England and he is totally opposed to this.

“The greatest problem in world cricket now is that it is dominated by Australia, India and England. Where else do you find this, England scheduled to play 17 Test matches. This is absurd. Whereas countries like Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies are scraping to get a few Test matches.

“This is wrong. Three countries cannot dominate world cricket. Bangladesh has taken a long time to come through, but they have just beaten Australia 4-1 in the Twenty20 series. You cannot allow the game to be controlled and manipulated by three countries. I am totally opposed to what’s happening in World cricket today”, Bacher further said.

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Olympic Flag (Photo: Twitter)

Cricket was last played Olympics during the 1900 Paris Games. Now, ICC has looking to induct the sport in the forthcoming 2028 Los Angeles Games. A total of 106 member nations of ICC have supported the idea of making cricket a part of the 2028 Olympics.

Also Read: ICC Prefers T20 Will Be The Best Format To Go Forward With In 2028 Los Angeles Games

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