No final decision yet on cricket’s exclusion from Asiad 2018: ICC CEO Richardson to India Today

first_imgCricket is not ruled out from Asian Games 2018 just yet. The game’s governing body International Cricket Council (ICC) is set to discuss the issue at its development committee meeting next week before deciding if they should take the issue up with the Asian games organisers.It was reported earlier that the Olympic Council of Asia had decided to do away with some disciplines, including cricket, which were not popular in host country Indonesia.”I understand they haven’t made a final decision. All we want to do is to discuss with our development committee next week and see what stance we want to take,” ICC CEO Dave Richardson told India Today.The development committee includes associate member representatives who would only have a small say in the matter. A policy decision like this one is dependent upon full members who have voting rights. ICC CEO acknowledged the eventual decision will be theirs.”For a number of associate nations in the Asian region it’s an opportunity that they would like to take advantage of by including cricket in the games. We want to know what the associates’ view is and we will take their view to the board and depending on their decision we will see if we want to actively pursue cricket’s participation in the Asian games or at least make some submission to the Asian games committee if cricket can be part of the games,” he added.The debate over cricket’s inclusion in multi-nation games comes for discussion at a time when the full member nations are locked in a tussle over revenue sharing. Many of the powerful boards use bilateral series as a bait to control smaller member votes and non-ICC multi-nation tournaments do not serve their purpose. Cricket was part of the Asian games in 2010 and 2014 but the game’s money spinner India did not send teams.advertisement”Its another event. The international calendar is already crowded and that is why some of the full member countries in particular find it difficult to schedule the event in their calendars. It’s definitely a factor that has to be taken into consideration,” Richardson added.The biggest casualty in this power struggle is the ICC’s globalisation program. The ICC CEO had recently spoken of efforts to include cricket for Olympics 2024. “Its certainly not the only way. But we certainly think getting cricket in these multi-nation games is a way of taking the game to nations who were perhaps not interested prior to that,” he said.last_img