The Scottish Mail on Sunday


- By Richard Gibson

MAHELA JAYAWARDEN­E believes the Hundred could be the format that sees cricket break into the Olympics.

While a cricket tournament is yet to be a feature of a Games — only two teams competed when Great Britain beat hosts France in Paris on its only showing in 1900 — both the ICC and MCC are backing its inclusion at Los Angeles 2028.

Jayawarden­e, coach of Southern Brave in the inaugural competitio­n, sits on the ICC’s cricket committee debating which version of the game to put forward.

He said: ‘We will have to wait and see once the tournament has kicked off, the enthusiasm for it and how people embrace it but Twenty20 was discussed as a format, T10 is an option, so why not the Hundred?

‘If it goes well, the time is compact and you get to finish in two and a half hours — it would be brilliant,’ added Jayawarden­e.

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