After more than a century of waiting, the ICC has finally confirmed its intention to include cricket at the 2028 Olympics and has set up a working group to bid for the inclusion of cricket in Los Angeles.
It was the last time cricket was played at the Olympics in 1900. The match was played between Great Britain and France. But it could be a permanent fixture in the games, with the ICC hoping to add it to Brisbane 2032 and beyond.
“Our sport is solidly behind this bid,” ICC President Greg Barkley said in a press release on Tuesday. “And we look at the Olympics as part of the long-term future of cricket,” he said.
In all these years, there were two main reasons for not including cricket in the Olympics. First, it takes time to complete a game and secondly, cricket is not the most popular sport in all parts of the world. It is only popular in some countries but has the potential to go to the Olympics.
ECB Board Chair Ian Whatmore will lead the ICC Olympic Working Group, and ICC Independent Director Indra Nooyi, Zimbabwe Cricket President Tavengwa Mukhlani, ICC Associate Member and Asian Cricket Council Vice President Mahindra Valliparek will be the President.
Now that the ICC has confirmed its intention to add cricket to the Olympic Games, Los Angeles will soon begin its preparations for the sport’s bid with the primary goal of the 2028 tour.
The world is very different from what it was in 1900 now, and cricket itself has changed dramatically. Some have reported that modern cricket will benefit from the restoration of the Olympic ranks, but that is unlikely in view of the prevailing view in England, India and the International Cricket Council.
Previously, the ICC and BCCI did not want to include cricket in the Olympics because it would reduce the value of the ICC World Cup and cause financial loss. The BCCI, one of the richest cricket boards in the world, believes this too.
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