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International Cricket Council (ICC) President Mustafa Kamal has announced that cricket’s “value will be diluted” if the sport were to be played in the Olympics.
His comments mirror those of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Kamal also noted that the teams sent to the Olympics will be second or third-tier sides, which will do nothing but harm the sport.
“We have debated it a lot, whether we should go to Olympics,” Kamal said. “Football sends B, C or D teams to Olympics, so what will we gain by sending B, C or D teams from cricket? We feel that our value will be diluted if we go there. Cricket has a legacy, it has importance.
“Cricket takes time. Something like a 100m run takes 9 seconds. I might need 11 seconds, so you tell me how you can send so many countries and play such a lengthy game in the Olympics?”
Kamal added that he was enjoying his role as ICC President.
“The president’s title is really good for me,” he said. “It is an ornamental post. I will speak in conferences, give awards in tournaments and chair the ICC’s annual conference. Then after my time is up, I will hand it over to the next president.”