As the mass of baseball continues to go through the roof, and more and more countries have to deploy separate teams for simultaneous series. A British ODI team led by Eoin Morgan currently playing against the Netherlands in a 3-match ODI series, while another team do Ben Stokes participated in a series of Trials with New Zealand.
With India’s two-match T20I series against Ireland scheduled to kick off on June 26, it’s the right time to analyze the overall importance and importance of the larger cricketing nations to head with emerging teams in a bilateral series related to the development of the sport of cricket .
Team India in England (BCCI Photo)
Former Indian cricketer, national selection and BCCI General Manager of cricket activity Saba Karim was a guest on Times of IndiaTOI Sportscast’s sports podcast recently talked about his experience as a cricket administrator in developing the game of cricket globally and also what he thinks should be done first to ensure cricket has a bigger footprint all over the world.
Saba feels it is very important for the older and larger ticketing nations to regularly play small teams.
“I consider it the responsibility of the so-called giants of cricket to bring such opportunities to emerging countries and that’s the best way you can add to the growth of the country. Cricket as a sport must become a global sport, we are very far from that and the only way that a strong country like India can contribute to that goal is to take the time to play against teams like Ireland, Zimbabwe or any other emerging team that are joining the system and the best format to do so is T20 cricket, as it offers some kind of opportunity big for these emerging nations to wage such a strong fight against such strong teams I expect Ireland to do that, because they already play regular T20 cricket. some time ago they hosted the West Indies for some T20 matches so it will be a great opportunity for Ireland to test not only the cricketers but the big their entire system against a powerful country like India. ” Saba Karim said on TOI Sportscast.
Saba Karim (Photo TOI)
A quick look at ICC The T20I rankings will show up to 74 countries listed in the ranking, with India at number 1 and Estonia at number 74. There are a total of 106 ICC member states, with only 12. of which are full members (Test Play Countries) and 94 are associate members. Although the game has spread to every continent, including Africa, the Americas and Europe, there are only a handful of cricket’s global giants. The rest are still in the development and promotion of this sport.
The most recent T20I World Cup in 2021 featured 16 teams, but eight of them played in Round 1, with four progressing to Super 12, where they joined eight other teams that had qualified based on their ranking (India is the official host).
One World Football Championship while there are 32 teams.
Although cricket has grown significantly, its global influence and footprint is only a fraction of what a sport like football has. Football has always been played all over the world and that of course has helped its organizing and governing bodies develop the sport into the most popular sport in the world. FIFA has 211 affiliated associations.
So can cricket become as ubiquitous and widespread as a sport like football one day, perhaps approaching the position of football in the next twenty years? Saba Karim felt that it was too short a timeline and that cricket in general should not compete with football anyway. The former Indian goalkeeper feels that one of the best ways to promote the sport globally is to promote the inclusion of the sport in multi-sport events.
During the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, which kicks off on July 28, a women’s T20 cricket tournament will be held at Edgbaston Cricket Ground from 29 July to 7 August.
“Twenty years would be a short time for cricket to reach such a level (on par with global football), but I don’t want to compete with football, I’m looking to make a footprint on the ground.” around the world for cricket. And the only way we can do that is what the ICC is doing right now, by having a certain footprint in a lot of the countries where cricket is being played. , many continents are focusing on cricket, such as right now the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is holding some T10 or T20 matches, likewise in a lot of continents where there are many a lot of countries play against each other and they have a system where if you do well – there are different stages of evaluation – so it’s all pretty well handled by the ICC. this sport is through multi-sport competitions so I’m extremely pleased to hear that finally in a multi-sport event like the Commonwealth Games female cricketers will be participating. ia. In my experience with BCC I am the General Manager of Cricket Operations and I am also a member of the ICC Women’s Cricket Committee – most of these countries obviously – 90-95% of these countries need support from their Central Government to sponsor a sport like cricket and for that to happen – central authorities – they want this to be part of multi-field events so they can may reflect the type of budget they have and they may also set aside some to promote this particular sport. So far, I have found only one of the most important ways to move the sport forward, which is through competing nations (bilateral series), but equally important is to have the other side. Its – through multidisciplinary events and both can work together. I think the progress will be more than what we have seen in the last decade. “Saba Karim added on TOI Sportscast.
Of course it would be really good to see cricket back at the Olympics. The sport has been played on the biggest sporting stage of them all just once and well that way back in 1900 in Paris, when, unsurprisingly, Great Britain won the gold medal. In fact, there were only two participants – England and host France. Only one match was played, and that match was only recognized as an official Olympic match in 1912.
Last year the ICC confirmed its intention to make a concerted effort to include cricket in the upcoming Olympic program, with the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics being the targeted version.
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“The ICC along with most of the cricket countries are trying to do that (put cricket on the Olympic programs for every upcoming edition). I believe that in 2028 something similar could happen and It’s going to be great for the game.” Saba Karim adds on TOI Sportscast.
You can listen to the full episode of TOI Sportscast with Saba Karim here