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Moves to include cricket in 2012 Olympics

PUBLISHED: 19:55 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:48 05 October 2010

MOVES began today to get that very English game of cricket included in London’s 2012 Olympics. The London Assembly voted to call for Twenty-20, a shorter version of traditional cricket, to be part of the two-week Games as a showcase’ sport

MOVES began today to get that very English game of cricket included in London’s 2012 Olympics.

The London Assembly voted to call for Twenty-20, a shorter version of traditional cricket, to be part of the two-week Games as a showcase’ sport.

The resolution passed unanimously urges the 2012 organisers to work with the International Cricket Council and International Olympic committee to get it on the list.

“Cricket is our traditional summer game,” said Assembly member Murad Qureshi.

“I can’t think of a better way of spending an afternoon—playing or watching the game.

“We already have the best venues, so there’s no need to build new facilities”—a reference to Lord’s and The Oval.

Next year’s Twenty-20 World Cup is being staged in London. Assembly members hope it will go on to become a fixture in the 2012 Games.

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