After women cricket’s inclusion to the 2022 Commonwealth Games roster, now it’s time for the cricket to get featured in Olympics. According to MCC World Cricket Committee chairman Mike Gatting, cricket could be a part of the 2028 Olympic games and ICC is working towards the same.
Former England batsman Gatting said that ICC’s new chief executive Manu Sawhney told the MCC’s Cricket Committee that progress had been made to ensure the game’s inclusion in the world’s biggest sporting event. Gatting told that the duration of the Games makes it more convenient for scheduling. A two-week event once in a four-year duration will give ample time for preparations. “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.
BCCI’s NADA inclusion
The BCCI recently came under the ambit of National Anti Doping Agency (NADA), an affiliate of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). According to the reports, this could work as a key factor to the final outcome as this is mandatory for all sporting federations’ doping policy to be overseen by one premier organization. Gatting opined, “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 thinks that the next 18 months will be interesting for the understanding of the whole process. That will also help to realize the process of how to do it to accomplish the ultimate. “That will help a long way towards the sport being whole, which is what we need it to be to apply for the Olympics, both men and women to play and all countries to comply,” he said.
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