Cricket should be accomodated in Olympics: CA

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Melbourne, Aug 29 (UNI) Favouring the growing group of players who have supported former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist's push for cricket to be part of the 2020 Olympics, Cricket Australia (CA) said the sport will get benifited if it becomes the part of quadrennial event.

Gilchrist had raised the idea and since then a series of big names, including Australian skipper Ricky Ponting, Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara, Left-handed Indian batsman Sourav Ganguly and former kKiwi skipper Stephen Fleming, have climbed on board.

CA believe that cricket could be the vehicle to give Olympics a greater presence and TV audience on subcontinent, which accounts for almost a quarter of the world's population.

''It would give cricket a global audience and help stimulate our push into markets like China and North America,'' CA spokesman Peter Young said.

The topic is set for further discussion when Sutherland and his fellow chief executives meet in mid-September.

The International Olympic Committee can decide by 2013 whether cricket can be included in Olympic as an event.

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