The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rejected an invitation from the Commonwealth Games Federation for returing cricket to Commonwealth Games as they wanted cricket be a part of the 2018 games in Australia.
CGF Chairman, Malaysia’s Prince Imran, in June 2012 has given a presentation to the ICC hoping that the ICC might allow cricket to take part in the 2018 Games as well as the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, but his effort has ended in vain.
Cricket will not be adding to its appearance at the Commonwealth Games after been featuring in the CWG in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 as the ICC deciding that cricket’s participation in a major multi-sports event is not necessary. However, cricket will feature at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games to be held in St. Lucia.
Speaking about the decision to refuse the invitation from the CGF, an ICC spokesman said, “There were discussions about the inclusion of men’s and women’s Twenty20 cricket in both the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games but neither of these came to fruition. However, cricket is scheduled to feature in the Commonwealth Youth Games in St Lucia in 2017.“
The hectic cricketing schedule from 2015 to 2023 in addition to the 2018 Commonwealth Games clashing with the scheduling of the IPL are believed to be the major reasons for ICC’s refusal in taking part in the competition.
The ICC has some reason or the other for not taking part in multi-sport events. Former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist, expressed that the ICC should reconsider their stance, in participation of these events is the simplest way making cricket a global sport can come to existance.
“The single best way to spread the game globally is for the ICC to actively seek its inclusion as an Olympic sport,” Gilchrist said.
“Without doubt, the Olympic movement provides one of the most efficient and cost effective distribution networks for individual sports to spread their wings globally.“, added the dashing opener.
“It would be difficult to see a better, quicker or cheaper way of spreading the game throughout the world.“, said Gilly.