International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive David Richardson has indicated that cricket could be included in the 2024 Olympic Games.
Speaking at the SportsPro Conference in London, Richardson stated that ICC is very close to finalise a decision on whether to apply to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for including cricket in the 2024 Games.
Cricket's inclusion at the Olympics has been long running issue particularly as Olympics clashes with the English summer but the new English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chairman Colin Graves has signalled a shift in policy after taking office in 2015 and ECB is reportedly now of the opinion that by cricket could be spread globally by making it part of the Olympics.
"We need to make a decision by July this year so we can make an application in time for September, when, as I understand it, the IOC will consider new sports for 2024," he said. "I think the majority of the members and certainly myself think the time is right in terms of bringing global benefit to the sport, said Richardson."
The host city for the 2024 Olympics has yet to be determined, with only Los Angeles and Paris left in the running.
Chat this will overall benefit to the game in terms of globalising and growing itricket has only featured at one previous Olympics, the 1900 Paris Games and T20 is an ideal format to promote the sports at the world’s biggest stage.