Ganguly to attend MCC World Cricket Committee meeting

Inclusion of cricket in 2024 Olympics, Australian players' pay dispute and the concept of four-day Tests will be discussed among other things in the meeting.

Sourav Ganguly will attend the World Cricket committee meeting at the Lord’s on July 3 and 4.   -  The Hindu

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly will head to London to attend Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) World Cricket committee meeting at the Lord’s on July 3 and 4.

Inclusion of cricket in 2024 Olympics, Australian players' pay dispute and the concept of four-day Tests will be discussed among other things in the meeting.

The ICC chief executive Dave Richardson had said “time is right” for Twenty20 cricket’s bid for the Olympics.

“We need to make a decision by July so we can make an application in time for September, when, as I understand it, the (International Olympic Committee) will consider new sports for 2024,” Richardson had said.

The decision for the host city of the 2024 Games, either in Paris or Los Angeles, is due in September 2017.

“BCCI is not keen on bringing Twenty20 to Olympics. This has been previously discussed,” Ganguly, who will leave for London on July 2, said on the sidelines of his reality show Dadagiri’s TV shoot here.

BCCI may have to give up its ‘member autonomy’ should it join Olympics. It is one of its objections as it has kept away from the Indian Olympic Association as well as the sports ministry.

Ganguly further said he may meet Sachin Tendulkar in London and would invite him for Dadagiri.

“I would like to see Amitabh Bachchan and Tendulkar on the sets of Dadagiri. I will ask him if I happen to meet him,” Ganguly said.

Richardson will address the World Cricket Committee members on the opening day and discuss, among other things, the revenue sharing agreement, granting Full Membership status to Afghanistan and Ireland (plus ICC Global Event qualification).

On the last day, there will be a discussion on Indian cricket administration, Commonwealth tour to Pakistan. English wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow will present the current players' views.

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