LONDON: The time is true for cricket to bid to develop into an Olympic sport with the 2024 Video games being eyed as a robust risk, Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) chief government David Richardson stated on Thursday.
The fifty seven-yr-previous South African — who was the nationwide aspect´s wicketkeeper for seven years once they have been welcomed again into the worldwide area within the 1990´s — stated that added publicity within the Olympics would assist to globalise the sport.
“I feel a majority of the (ICC) members and positively myself assume the time is true,” Richardson advised a small group of journalists after talking on the SportsPro Reside convention in London.
“I feel we now have come to the conclusion the general profit to globalise it and develop the sport will outweigh any negatives.
“We have to decide I might guess by July this yr as a result of I consider the IOC will in September be contemplating new sports activities for 2024.”
Appropriately one of many two remaining candidates to host the 2024 international sporting extravaganza is Paris the place cricket was final performed at a Video games in 1900 — Nice Britain beating the one different entrant France by 158 runs.
“Neither Los Angeles and Paris can be disasters and and every may maintain alternatives for us, particularly america choice,” stated Richardson.
“In Europe, too, it will be good though we must spend a bit extra on cricket pitches in France than the US however it´s not unattainable.”
Richardson, who has been in his submit since June 2012, admitted the scheduling, particularly if held in Paris, can be the most important problem.
“From an ICC perspective probably the most difficult half is the scheduling because the Olympic Video games is generally held within the Northern Hemisphere summer time,” stated Richardson.
“It could possibly be an issue for England, who as an example wouldn´t need to ship their greatest gamers throughout an Ashes collection they usually have raised that concern prior to now.”
That might be problematic as one of many IOC´s stipulations to sports activities wishing to realize entry is that one of the best gamers flip up — golf´s return to the Video games final yr was marred with a number of of the highest stars withdrawing.
Richardson, although, says the ICC can guarantee the most effective do flip up.
“To some extent you’ll be able to management that,” he stated.
“Within the participation agreements there’s a clause that each one the perfect out there gamers have to be chosen.”
Richardson, a professional lawyer, stated the IOC had not stated whether or not a sport from the current roster must be eliminated if cricket was to be admitted.
“When taking any decison to confess any new sport the IOC has to take into consideration a limitation on the variety of athletes,” he stated.
“Cricket, being a staff sport, couldn’t cater for greater than six to eight groups and we should not ship a seashore cricket group or a six a aspect workforce. It have to be in a format performed at worldwide degree.”
Richardson, who stated there can be regional qualifying and finals after which an Olympic qualifier, stated Twenty20 can be the right match.
“Twenty20 is the perfect format and can be even higher than (rugby) sevens, we might say, because it is among the mainstream codecs of cricket,” he stated.
Richardson doesn´t consider the very fact neither the West Indies nor England might ship a staff can be an issue.
“The nations who make up the West Indies haven´t raised it as a problem and equally England, nicely they might embrace a Scotsman and an Irishman.
“I don´t assume that will probably be a problem.
“As there are solely going to be six or eight groups it’s unlikely groups like Barbados and Jamaica would qualify.”
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