ICC confirms plans to bid for cricket’s inclusion in Olympic Games
- The ICC is eyeing getting cricket included in the the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics
- A Working Group has been convened by the ICC to lead the bid
- The sport will be a part of the itinerary for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed its plans to bid for the sport’s entry into the Olympics, having started preparations to get it included in the 2028 Los Angeles Games. A Working Group has been convened by the ICC to lead the bid on behalf of the sport, to be led by England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Ian Watmore.
The sport will be a part of the itinerary for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, which “shapes as a perfect showcase for what the sport can bring to the Olympics, as well as being a momentous occasion on its own,” the cricket body said in a statement.
Cricket has featured only once at the Olympics, back in the 1990 Paris Games – when only two nations participated, Great Britain and hosts France. This means the sport if approved, the sport will return to the Games in 2028 after a 128-year hiatus.
“Thirty-million cricket fans live in the USA, making LA 2028 the ideal Games for cricket to make its return to Olympic competition,” ICC said.
ICC chairman Gregg Barclay said that the addition of cricket in the Olympics will be beneficial to both the sport and the Games.
“Our sport is united behind this bid, and we see the Olympics as a part of cricket’s long-term future. We have more than a billion fans globally and almost 90 percent of them want to see cricket at the Olympics,” Barclay said.
“We believe cricket would be a great addition to the Olympic Games, but we know it won’t be easy to secure our inclusion as there are so many other great sports out there wanting to do the same. But we feel now is the time to put our best foot forward and show what a great partnership cricket and the Olympics are.”
The BCCI has also approved plans for the sport’s inclusion at the Olympics, according to Cricbuzz. Traditionally against such moves to include the sport in Olympics, for more administrative and commercial reasons, the BCCI has recently changed its stance on the matter since Jay Shah took control.
Meanwhile, the Working Group will also include ICC Independent Director Indra Nooyi, Chair of Zimbabwe Cricket Tavengwa Mukuhlani, ICC Associate Member Director and Vice President of the Asian Cricket Council Mahinda Vallipuram and Chair of USA Cricket Parag Marathe.