U-23 squad, geography-based qualification: Dave Cameron’s ‘Olympic’ imaginative and prescient for cricket | Cricket Information

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NEW DELHI: Along with his eyes set on the recent seat of the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC), Dave Cameron, former Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief, has a broad roadmap as to how cricket can develop into an Olympic sport.
In an unique interplay with ANI, Cameron stated that he believes the shortest format of the sport could possibly be the stepping stone for cricket to go world, and a separate U-23 squad could possibly be assigned for a similar with gamers from completely different continents.
“I believe we may use U-23 squads and have qualification based mostly on geography, this may be sure that all of the continents have an opportunity of representing on the Olympics and Commonwealth Video games,” the previous CWI chief informed ANI.
The 49-year-old picked T20 format as essentially the most “aggressive” in cricket, additional saying that that is the “solely format” that may work in international locations just like the USA and China.
“T20 permits groups to be aggressive, and in fashionable instances, time is essential. Therefore, a sport of three hours works for almost all of the viewers. If we go to the US and China, that is the one format that can work,” stated Cameron.
Among the many three codecs of cricket — Take a look at, ODI (One-day Worldwide), and T20 — the longest type of the sport remains to be thought of as essentially the most testing kind by many within the cricketing fraternity. Nevertheless, Cameron feels it’s the retired gamers who sing praises for the Take a look at-format, not the younger gamers.
“Whereas gamers converse in regards to the custom they’re making choices about enjoying extra T20 league cricket quite than take a look at matches. It is the gamers who’ve retired discuss conventional cricket extra so than these nonetheless enjoying.”
Cameron feels leagues reminiscent of UEFA Champions League may solely be organised for cricket if there are sufficient sustainable T20 leagues working around the globe.
Earlier this 12 months, speculations have been rife over Sourav Ganguly’s candidature because the ICC chairman. Regardless that Ganguly has by no means come out in open saying that he needs to steer the ICC, former cricketers have named the present BCCI president as an “excellent particular person” to move the apex cricketing physique.
Reacting to these speculations, the previous CWI chief stated, “Sure, it could take a success because the Asian block will assist him.”
After relishing his time on the helm of CWI for six years (2003-2019), Cameron has thrown his hat within the ring for the publish of ICC’s Chairman. Nevertheless, CWI has determined to not assist his candidature.
“I believe their alternative or lack of alternative is only private which is unlucky. I imagine we now have nonetheless not matured as a area or as individuals to look previous these items. Jamaica is the oldest impartial nation within the area. We nonetheless suppose we’re inferior or others are superior.”
“I definitely do not imagine that I’m as certified — education-wise and skilled as each director who sits on the ICC and due to this fact I really feel assured that if chosen I can do an impressive job,” he concluded.
As per media experiences, England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) Colin Graves is the front-runner to develop into the subsequent ICC’s Chairman. Nevertheless, ICC is but to launch the checklist of nominated candidates for the prime publish.

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