Following a meeting between the President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) HE. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah and HRH Tunku Imran during the recently completed Doha Asian Games, the cause for cricket's inclusion in the Asian Games of 2010 at Guangzhou has advanced considerably.

Cricket had come close to featuring in Doha at one stage but now with the Executive Committee of the Asian Cricket Council having agreed at their December 2006 meeting in Singapore, to send "the best available teams" to the next Asian Games, cricket looks to be a strong candidate for Guangzhou.

The Chinese Cricket Association will also be presenting a case for cricket’s inclusion to the Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee later this month.

"The President of the OCA told me he was very keen for cricket to be in the Asian Games. Support, sponsorship and funding for the game across Asia can only increase with this development," says Tunku Imran. 39 sports are currently on the roster for 2010 and the Guangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee is expected to make a decision on cricket soon.

The Chief Executive of the ACC has proposed a Twenty20 format for the event featuring the four Test-playing countries along with China and three other qualifying nations.

Filed March 7 2007