The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed their interests of inclusion of cricket in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games.
An average of 30 million cricket fans live in the United States. Therefore, 2028 Olympic Games will be ideal for cricket to return to the Olympics. Cricket has already made its debut in the 1900 Paris Olympics. Only 2 teams participated in the event – Great Britain and France. If ICC is successful in their attempt, then cricket will feature after 128 years in the Olympic Games.
Women’s cricket will be an event in the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, which will be a noticeable feature for the Olympics Sporting community. The inclusion in the Commonwealth Games is an achievement itself for the ICC.
ICC chair Greg Barclay also spoke about the benefits for the sport if it gets added back to the Olympics.
“Firstly, on behalf of everyone at the ICC, I would like to congratulate the IOC, Tokyo 2020, and the people of Japan for staging such an incredible Games in such difficult circumstances. It truly was fantastic to watch and captured the imagination of the world and we would love for cricket to be a part of future Games,” Barclay stated.
“We believe cricket would be a great addition to the Olympics 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 Olympics are,” he added.
ICC formed an Olympics working group which will be chaired by England and Wales Cricket Board Chair Ian Watmore. In addition, 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 Paraag Marathe will also join the group.
Paraag Marathe said, “USA cricket is thrilled to be able to support cricket’s bid for inclusion in the Olympics, the timing of which aligns perfectly with our continuing plans to develop the sport in the USA.”
“With so many passionate cricket fans and players already in the USA, and a huge global audience and following for the sport around the world, we believe that cricket’s inclusion will add great value to the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics Games and help us to achieve our own vision for establishing cricket as a mainstream sport in this country,” he added.