Former Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt has questioned the need to feature cricket in the Olympics. Butt is perplexed over people’s obsession with seeing Cricket in the Olympics. According to him, cricket is already a popular sport and doesn’t need to be forced to feature at the Olympics.
Amidst the ongoing Toyo Olympics, the debate of whether cricket should be part of the Olympics has once again been brought to light. Speaking on his Youtube channel, Salman Butt shared his views on the same. Here’s what he said:
“Why does cricket need to feature in the Olympics? Is cricket not recognized as a sport in the world? Cricket has not featured in the Olympics so far. It could perhaps be because of the formation. But if the real sport and true essence are not there, it does not make sense (to send cricket to the Olympics). Someone says T10 format can go to the Olympics, now it is being said The Hundred format can be pushed for inclusion in Olympics.”
He also highlighted that the shorter format of the game is good for money-makers and is good for entertainment purposes.
“They (franchise owners) get a mode of business through which they earn name and recognition. They may be multi-millionaires, people don’t know them. Cricketers, coaches and broadcasters also benefit from this. But this obsession with sending cricket to the Olympics is very vague. A football match lasts for 90 minutes – that is the duration for one innings of T20 cricket. Shorter formats are fine for entertainment but I can’t understand why having cricket in the Olympics matters so much,” Butt added.
Salman Butt represented Pakistan Cricket Team between 2003 and 2010 before getting banned for five years for his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal. During his playing career, he featured in 33 Tests, 78 ODIs and 24 T20 internationals, scoring 1889, 2725 and 595 runs, respectively.