Eoin Morgan backs T10 format’s inclusion at multi-sports events like Olympics
Cricket last featured in a multi-sport event back in 1998 Commonwealth games.
Updated - May 6, 2020 5:40 pm
Cricket has earned the reputation as one of the most competitive sports on the planet. However, still, it has not got a recognized place in the multi-sports event like Olympics in which many almost every country participates and compete against each other. But, now, Eoin Morgan, the 2019 World Cup-winning captain, has come up with a suggestion that the 10-over tournament can be organised in a frame of 8 to 10 days.
Earlier, the Olympics held in 1900, cricket was one of the sports that featured in the multi-sports event. Later on, it was played in 1998 Commonwealth games. However, since then officials never took any initiative to include gentlemen’s game. Now, there are reports that women’s Twenty20 competition might take place in 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. But, Eoin Morgan feels T10 format could be included in the Olympics instead of a 20-over form of the game.
It will give exposure to cricket globally, says Eoin Morgan
The 33-year-old is of the opinion that T10 format is quite appealing and competitive. He said that its biggest advantage against the other three formats is that the officials will get an opportunity to organise a full-fledged tournament in a span of 8 to 10 days. As per him, this will indirectly give extra breathing space and exposure to cricket globally.
“The one thing that T10 offers above the three formats that makes it so appealing to an Olympic Games or a Commonwealth Games is the fact that you can play a whole tournament in the space of 10 days. To have a tournament in such a short space of time maximises the opportunity and the exposure that it will have for the sport.
“When you can play a cricket tournament in 8-10 days it really does make it appealing, and on top of that it really would be extremely entertaining,” said the 33-year-old, who captains Delhi Bulls in the Abu Dhabi T10 league,” he was quoted as saying by India Today.
Morgan also recited that in the T20 format, the crucial overs of the game are between 10 and 20. But, in a 10-over game, the players will have to take the charge from the word go.
“The most important part of a T20 game is always overs 10 to 20. But if you look at a T10 game, the earlier overs are the most important. You need to make the most of that very short powerplay, so who you put in those key positions and in the form that they’re in, is the most critical factor,” he added.