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Dave Richardson (AFP Photo)

The International Cricket Council [ICC] is hopeful of a quick resolution to the current impasse between the Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI] and World Anti-Doping Agency [WADA].

The ICC harbours ambition of making cricket an Olympic sport but the stalemate over BCCI’s WADA compliance is a major roadblock. As per WADA rules, National Anti-Doping Agency [NADA] has the authority to conduct dope tests of Indian athletes.

However, the Indian cricket board against sending the samples to NADA.

“ICC is trying to facilitate a dialogue between WADA and the BCCI,” ICC chief executive Dave Richardson told reporters on Wednesday. “There is a willingness on the part of BCCI to resolve the situation with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). I think that can be resolved quite quickly. BCCI is not reluctant to do dope testing, but they are not ready to send samples to NADA.”

Despite the current logjam, ICC is confident the two parties will overcome their issues paving the way for cricket’s entry into the marquee event.

“As far as Olympics are concerned, we have the ambition of getting cricket into Olympics by 2028, but that’s easier said than done. We need to convince the IOC itself to have cricket — 103 out of 104 members are strongly behind the decision. There are some issues between BCCI and IOA and I am confident they can be resolved,” he said.

Apart from that ICC is also eyeing entry of Women’s T20 at the 2022 Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham. “We think cricket and CWG is a good fit. It affords women’s cricket a much bigger market. From CWG point of view, women’s sport is a huge agenda for them and this will give them an opportunity to tap into a big cricketing market. CWG organisers need to go through their decision-making process and we’ll hear about their decision only next year,” Richardson said.