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CGF Commission meets Pawar to include cricket in 2010 CWG

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New Delhi, Nov 22 (UNI) Refusing to give in despite receiving a cold shoulder from the cricket board on previous occasions, the Commonwealth Games Federation is conducting hectic parleys with BCCI top brass to include the game as a discipline in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the capital.

Addressing a press conference here today, Commonwealth Games Federation Coordination Commission Chairman Austin Sealey revealed that the visiting six-member panel has met BCCI president Sharad Pawar and Delhi and District Cricket Association president Arun Jaitley yesterday to discuss the prospect of including cricket in the 2010 Games.

''The decision on whether to include cricket as the 18th discipline for the 2010 Games will be taken after a meeting of ICC officials at Dubai on December 9 and a BCCI meeting on December 14,'' Mr Sealy said.

Mr Austin went on to say that including cricket as one of the disciplines proved be a success in the 1998 commonwealth games.

Earlier, BCCI had ruled out the possibility of cricket's inclusion in Commonwealth Games and also spurned the proposal to agree for a twenty20 format.

Asked whether women's boxing stands a chance of being included as a discipline, Mr Sealey said it was a no for now as the sport is not a widely practised discipline in the Commonwealth countries.

The executive board of the Commonwealth Games Federation recently added tennis and archery to the list of events, even though India did not succeed in getting billiards and snooker make debut in 2010.

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