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Cricket scandal won't hurt future Olympic hopes, says Rogge

IOC President Jacques Rogge says the criminal convictions of three Pakistan players for fixing should not damage cricket's hopes of becoming an Olympic sport.
Kevin Pietersen of England bats during the Twenty20 International match between India and England on Oct. 29 in Kolkata, India. Should cricket find its way onto the Olympic menu, IOC president Jacques Rogge says he could see the Twenty20 version fitting best. (Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

IOC President Jacques Rogge says the criminal convictions of three Pakistan players for fixing should not damage cricket's hopes of becoming an Olympic sport. 

Rogge said Wednesday the International Cricket Council is "working very well" against corruption. 

Rogge says the Pakistan case would "definitely … not be held against them because we know they participate in the fight" against fixing and illegal betting. 

A London court found Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif guilty on Tuesday of conspiracy to cheat and accept corrupt payments in connection with a test match against England at Lord's last year.

Mohammad Amir earlier pleaded guilty in the betting scam. 

Rogge has suggested cricket's shorter Twenty20 version could seek future Olympic status.