Cricket’s inclusion in the Olympics is all set to be discussed in the ICC and IOC meeting

The International Cricket Council is all set to meet the International Olympic Council official during a meeting in November to explore the prospect of game’s inclusion in the Summer Olympics, ICC chief executive David Richardson said on Monday.

Richardson said the meeting with the IOC would be “exploratory in nature”.

“The plan is to meet them at this stage in mid-November, we are still trying to finalise a date, but the invitation has come to meet,” Richardson told media in a briefing.

“Multisport federations like the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics have expressed an interest in cricket being part of those Games.

“The Olympics is not as nearly advanced in their discussions with us in that regard (as the Commonwealth Games’ proposal to have cricket in the 2022 event in Durban, South Africa) and CG certainly are more open to, not necessarily to Twenty20 cricket or one of the established formats, but they want to discuss other things like double wicket or mixed teams.”

Cricket was first included in the 1900 Paris Olympics, but it was badly affected due to the last minute withdrawal of Belgium and the Netherlands from the game, leaving Greta Britain and France to vie for the gold.

However, in the recent past the idea of including Twenty20 cricket in Olympics was also opposed by India and England who don’t want their matches affected in the scarcity of time slots  when the Games are held.  

Cricket was included in the 1998 Malaysia Commonwealth Games as well.

Richardson, though, said the details of the meeting are yet to discussed.

“Bear in mind it’s not just what cricket wants, cricket might want to be part of the Olympics, but the Olympics might not want cricket,” said Richardson.

“They might want cricket subject to various conditions that we are not able to perform – we just need to find out from them exactly what they are thinking, how they are thinking and take it from there.”

Richardson expressing his interest about cricket’s inclusion in the multisport event said the Paralympics could be an option for the game.

“Can we have a sport which can be accepted in the Paralympics,” said Richardson.

“Again it can be looked into it.”