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Lewis: Cricket in CG Games
will help re-energise Windies
Caribbean Association of National Olympic Com-
mittees (CANOC) President Brian Lewis has claimed
the continued absence from the Commonwealth
Games programme would be a “loss for cricket”.
Cricket last featured at the Games back at Kuala
Lumpur 1998, where a 50 over format was con-
Efforts to include the sport on the programme
since have fallen flat but both the Commonwealth
Games Federation (CGF) and officials in Birming-
ham have indicated they would be in favour of the
sport returning in 2022.
There have been positive noises coming from the
International Cricket Council (ICC) about pursuing
a place on the Commonwealth and Olympic Games
A continued reluctance by key powerbroker the
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) remains
a stumbling block.
CGF President Louise Martin raised the possibil-
ity of a mixed cricket competition featuring at Bir-
mingham 2022 in December when the English city
was confirmed as hosts of the event.
Lewis believes that while having both men’s and
women’s tournaments should be the first option, a
mixed tournament could help break the deadlock
and would help the sport to grow its fanbase and
He compared the cricket’s absence from mul-
ti-sport events to the initial reluctance to introduce
the Twenty20 (T20) format of the game, now argu-
ably the sport’s most thriving product.
Lewis, also president of the T&T Olympic Com-
mittee (TTOC), urged organisations to find a
solution to ensure the sport features at the Com-
“I think that not having T20 on the Common-
wealth Games programme, regardless of whether it
is men’s, women’s or mixed, would be a loss to the
game of cricket. It denies cricket an opportunity to
broaden its horizons.
“While there are a number of hurdles to cross,
there needs to be cricket. Maybe the stakeholders
will decide they do not want to become a truly
global game, but then that would be their choice,”
“There was a point in time where the same es-
tablishment had grave reservations and were very
adamant that T20 couldn’t work.
“Now the tables have turned as T20 is the mod-
ern 21st century, while test cricket is struggling to
“The reality is the world has changed, there is a
growing appetite for certain types of activities.
“I think cricket at the Games would be T20,
maybe T10 or T15 or T5. My point is that where
there is a will, there is a way and I think it will help
South Africa emerged as the winners the last
time cricket appeared on the Games programme
The tournament in Kuala Lumpur also saw Car-
ibbean islands compete as separate islands, rather
than as the combined West Indies team.
Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and Jamaica ulti-
mately represented the region.
Neither of the teams were able to make it out of
their respective groups.
Concerns have previously been expressed over
whether the future of the West Indies team would
be in doubt should cricket return to the Common-
wealth or Olympic programmes.
Lewis, on the contrary, claims a return would
help to energise the West Indies due to greater
competition for places.
“I remember in 1988, when you had 50 over
cricket. Caribbean countries participated as Carib-
bean countries. People may want to deny
it, but cricket was energised in the region
under this format,” said Lewis.
“Where you had the countries
playing separately, with a number of
smaller countries coming through and
a number of players emerging. I be-
lieve cricket in the West Indies would
be greater enhanced.
“It is an oddity in the modern environ-
ment, but I do not see West Indies cricket
as a product being diminished by having
cricket in the Commonwealth Games or
Olympics and making countries play sep-
“I think it would enhance West Indies
cricket, similar to the Britain and Irish
Lions in rugby union.
“The more competition and opportu-
nity you have for cricketers in the Car-
ibbean region to play and be exposed to
competing for positions, I think it would
be better for West Indies cricket.”
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