Watson going for gold
Shane Watson has followed fellow Australian Steve Waugh in calling for Twenty20 cricket to become an Olympic sport.
Last Updated: 06/08/08 11:26am
Shane Watson has followed in the footsteps of fellow Australian Steve Waugh in calling for Twenty20 cricket to become an Olympic sport.
Player of the tournament in the inaugural Indian Premier League, the all-rounder admits it would be a dream come true if he could win a gold medal.
The International Cricket Council have committed themselves to further consideration to press for Twenty20's inclusion in the 2020 Olympics.
Although he would be 39 by then, Watson is still hopeful he would get the chance to represent his country in the Games.
"This brand of cricket is a perfect fit for the Olympic schedule," he said.
"As a cricketer it would be great to think you could achieve an Olympic gold medal in your career - everybody who plays elite sport dreams of Olympic gold."
The Queenslander is just the latest big name to back the Olympic bid.
Waugh, who has stated that winning a Commonwealth silver medal in 1998 was one of the highlights of his illustrious career, believes by joining the Olympics cricket would spread globally.
The former Australia captain has been given a role as mentor of the Australian Olympic team for Beijing.
"The idea of Twenty20 cricket at the Olympics is definitely worth pursuing," Waugh said.
"If you want to globalise the game then you have to look at including countries like China and the United States, and getting cricket into the Olympics will fast-track that move."
Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming and India all-rounder Sourav Ganguly have also come out in support over the idea of Twenty20 for 2020