Cricket could be an Olympic sport in 2024 © Getty Images (Representative Photo)
Cricket could be an Olympic sport in 2024 © Getty Images (Representative Photo)

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are ready to discuss cricket being an Olympic sport after they were previously reluctant to acknowledge it due to the clash with the English domestic season. New ECB chief executive Tom Harrison told BBC Test Match Special: “A successful Olympic movement for your sport can be transformational. England was often seen as the barrier to this. That’s just not the case. We are very happy to have the discussion and that’s something the ECB board is going to be doing in the coming months.” Dave Richardson, the International Cricket Council (ICC) President believes that this would be a huge opportunity for players. READ: T20s should be included in Olympics: West Indies Cricket Board

In July 2015, there was a call for cricket to be included in the 2024 Olympics. Former ECB Chairman Giles Clarke had objections over the same, which also is observed in the movie ‘Death of a gentleman’. Clarke, who is currently an ECB President was among the person, who was targetted in the protest outside The Oval on the first day of the fifth Ashes 2015 Test titled ‘Change Cricket Movement’, which talks about the “slow strangulation” of cricket by the three giants India, England and Australia, according to bbc.co.uk READ: MCC: The Olympics is a fundamental opportunity for cricket

But Clarke’s replacement has a more open-minded approach.  “Cricket should have the debate about Olympic representation. It does throw up serious questions particularly for us with our season straddling where a summer Olympic Games would take place but those are questions we should ask and understand so at least we can have an informed debate about it,” added Harrison. READ: T20 cricket should be included in Olympics

Harrison also said that there will be a review on the First-Class set up in England. “The desirable position is to have a block in the summer given to a particular format, and controversially that means potentially playing one or two fewer first-class matches next year than this year and allowing the formats to breathe a bit. That will raise the performance levels and help us make sure Twenty20 is being played at the time of year where we can get the most fans into the grounds to see it.” READ: Cricket at Commonwealth Games and Olympics