Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi believes T10 cricket is the best format of the game which can be introduced in the Olympics. The ongoing T10 league has been catching all the eyeballs. Afridi believes the newly introduced format can bring cricket’s ticket to the prestigious Olympics.
The talisman batsman believes the T10 league is a good way to hit the ground running in Olympics. Afridi feels it could be one of the ways to introduce the game to the whole world.
T10 is a paradise for the batsmen.
Shahid Afridi is leading Pakhtoons in the ongoing T10 league in the UAE. In fact, this is the second edition of the shortest format of the game.
Afridi played a typical Afridi kind of innings as the hard hitter scored 59 runs from just 17 balls against Northern Warriors. The blistering knock included three fours and seven maximums in his whirlwind innings.
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“I think this is the best cricket (T10) you can introduce in the Olympic Games,” Afridi was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“In fact, 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.”
Afridi believes the T10 is the test for the bowlers as they need to try to put brakes on the scoring. On the other hand, he said it also gives a batsman a chance to showcase their skills.
“It’s quickfire, 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.”
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Meanwhile, ICC had recently bid for Women T20 cricket in the 2022 Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham. Thus, the governing body is taking steps to put the game to the next level.