T10 cricket best choice for Olympic Games, says Narine
West Indies spinner, Sunil Narine, believes that cricket’s T10 format could be the best choice for inclusion at the Olympic Games as it is even more exciting than the T20 version.
Cricket has not been played at the Olympic Games since 1900, where Britain and France were the only two teams that participated. There have, however, been numerous discussions geared towards reviving the sport at the Games in recent years, with T20 cricket identified as the best format. Narine, however, believes that T10 could also be a consideration.
“The T10 format is more exciting than the T20 format. In T20s, the batters take a few overs before starting their attacking skills, however, in T10 the batters probably look for only one or two balls,” Narine told the Daily Times.
“There’s always a possibility to attract new fans through a shorter format of cricket and more exciting cricket. It will be an exciting thing if cricket is included in the Olympics as well and hopefully, maybe T10 could be a part of the Olympics,” he added.
The 10 over-format of the sport was introduced in the United Arab Emirates in 2017. It is, however, yet to be widely adopted.
Narine will be among a number of West Indies players taking part in this season’s edition. The spinner will represent the Deccan Gladiators, alongside West Indies T20 captain Kieron Pollard. (Sportsmax)