David Richardson, the chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC), has confirmed that possibilities of including cricket in the summer Olympics are being explored following a positive meeting with the officials of the International Olympic Committee.
“We met the IOC president and we have really explored the possibilities,” Richardson told BBC Radio. “At least we are talking, and we are open to the opportunity if it’s worthwhile to include cricket in Olympics.
However, Richardson also said it wouldn’t be easy to get the nod. “If the ICC is committed then we have to overcome the hurdle of the IOC accepting cricket, because there are a lot of other sports that want inclusion in the 2024 Olympics,” he said.
“But it’s not as simple as that, and there are lot of issues that you need to consider. The Olympics might not want cricket, they don’t want second-rate teams, and they don’t want Mickey Mouse format. They want our major format, the Twenty20.
Cricket’s shortest format, Twenty20, was a part of the last two editions of Asian Games in Guangzhou (China 2010) and Incheon (South Korea 2014).