Cricket could make it to the 2028 Olympics, MCC World Cricket Committee Chairman Mike Gatting said.
The former England batsman also conveyed that the ICC had made considerable progress for the sport’s inclusion in the Olympic Games.
The world’s biggest sporting event is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles.
“We were talking with Manu Sawhney the ICC chief executive, and he was very hopeful we can get cricket into the 2028 Olympics,” Gatting was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“That’s what they’re working towards at the moment and that would be a huge bonus for cricket worldwide, it would be fantastic.”
The beginning of the year saw legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar expressing his positive views on whether the sport should feature in the Olympics.
Gatting said, “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.”
He also highlighted BCCI’s association with the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), an affiliate of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
“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.”
“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,” Mike added.
Meanwhile, Women’s Cricket is all set to be a part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham.