ICC confident of having cricket in 2028 Olympics
The International Cricket Council (ICC) remains pretty confident of certainly making it to the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics and the important update was confirmed by Marylebone Cricket Club’s World Cricket Committee chairman Mike Gatting.
The MCC World Cricket Committee chairman Gatting also went on to add that ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney has assured the MCC’s Cricket Committee about the strong progress and advancement that has been made to give the game a massive platform.
“We were talking with Manu Sawhney the ICC chief exec, and he was very hopeful we can get cricket into the 2028 Olympics. That’s what they’re working towards at the moment and that would be a huge bonus for cricket worldwide, it would be fantastic,” Gatting was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.
Gatting also made sure that scheduling a two-week window period for the Olympics is not that tough for the ICC as the event comes along just once in four years.
“It’s two weeks, that’s a good thing about it, it’s not a month, so it’s one of those events where scheduling for two weeks should be fine once every four years once you do the first one. You’re going to have – one hopes – a four-year period, once you know you’ve been accepted into the Olympics, that gives you a chance to actually shape your two weeks, so it’s not as if it is butted into the schedule,” Gatting said.
On August 9 (Friday), India’s Union Sports Secretary Radhey Shyam Julaniya disclosed the fact that India’s governing body Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also agreed to come under the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA). Gatting also welcomed this decision, highlighting that the sport will now be complete.
“I think the next 18 months will be very interesting as to how we do that. One of the problems has been negated, where the BCCI is now working with NADA, the drugs agency, which it wasn’t previously a part of,” Gatting said.
That will help a long way towards the sport being whole, which is what we need it to apply for the Olympics, both men and women to play and all countries to comply,” he added.