Cricket: OCA boss says money-obsessed officials 'killing' game

INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA (AFP) - Asia's top sports official slammed cricket administrators Saturday, saying their obsession with money was "killing" the game and stopping it spreading to new countries.

Cricket was included as an Asian Games medal sport for the second time in Incheon, but as at Guangzhou, China in 2010, no major side sent a full-strength squad.

India, which is responsible for two-thirds of cricket's global income and dominates the administration of the game, sent no team at all.

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, president of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said cricket chiefs were so fixated with business that they were neglecting the sport.

"The people who are in charge of cricket are looking to be business people and they want money more than promotion for the game," he told reporters. "They want to control the market, they want to control the game, they want to keep the big athletes for their own. This is not sport, this is business.

"They are looking for business view more than sports view and they are killing cricket. I hope in future they will understand - it's not your personal toy, it's the people's game and you have to deliver it for the people."

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