“Time is right” for Cricket to seek place in Olympics

The International Cricket Council Chief believes that Cricket should apply for a place in the 2024 Olympics.

International Cricket Council Chief, Dave Richardson, believes that the “time is right” for Cricket to apply for the Olympics. Cricket has not featured in the Summer Games since 1900. At its last appearance Great Britain beat France to win an Olympic gold.

If the International Cricket Council (ICC) submits an application, Cricket could return to the games in 2024. The ICC believes that an Olympic T20 tournament will be a good move. The tournament may allow the game to grow beyond its traditional market.

This move is encouraged by the popularity of rugby sevens at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has entered preliminary talks with the ICC.

The IOC will be considering applications from new sports this September. Richardson said the majority of members of the ICC support the decision to re-enter.

ICC members have come to the conclusion that re-entering will be beneficial overall to the game. Richardson said, “in terms of globalising and growing it” re-entering “outweighs any negatives”. Scheduling was the ICC’s main concern.

Richardson said that decisions will be made by July so an application can be made for September.

Due to the cost of staging the games, the IOC was reluctant to have more than 11,000 athletes.

It is not believed that another sport will be dropped from the tournament if another one joins. As a result of limits the ICC believes it may fit around six to eight teams in the British team.

The 2024 Olympics will take place in either Paris or Los Angeles.

TNT Sport

Photo Credit: ICC

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