Efforts are on to include cricket and talks are underway with the ICC to bring cricket into the fold. The Games, which will be held from October 3 to 14, want to hold the latest version of the game, Twenty20 cricket, informed sources told PTI.
Cricket, which was earlier part of the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, is one among nine sports in contention for inclusion in the Games.
With the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) lifting the cap on the number of disciplines from 15, the organisers are expecting to add more disciplines in which the hosts had realistic chances of winning medals.
Besides cricket, the other sports in contention were archery, basketball, handball, judo, rowing, tennis, billiards and snooker, they said. As of now the Delhi Games, in which around 8000 athletes from 71 countries are to take part, will have competitions in aquatics, athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, hockey, lawn bowling, netball, rugby 7s, shooting, squash, table tennis, weightlifting and wrestling.
The meeting, chaired by Oraganising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi, was also attended by CGF CEO Mike Hooper, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, National Security Advisor M K Narayan and Water Resource Minister and All India Football Federation President Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi. The powerful group of members representing different walks of life, included a large number of CEOs led by FICCI President Onkar Singh. Also in attendance were Gautam Singhania, Pawan Munjal, Rajendra Pawar and E Sreedharan.
Representing Indian sportspersons were Olympic silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, former football captain P K Banerjee, spin wizard Bishan Singh Bedi and Khazan Singh, the only Indian swimmer to win silver medal at the Asian Games.
Also present at the meeting were a large number of politicians including Sachin Pilot, cricketer-commentator -politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, and BJP MP Vinod Khanna.