The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Tuesday that it intends to promote the sport to be included in the Olympics. It will begin preparing for bidding, with the main goal being to add it to Los Angeles’ itinerary in 2028.
A working group led by Ian Watmore, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), has been convened by the board to lead the bid. ICC Independent Director Indra Nooyi, Zimbabwe Cricket Chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani, ICC Deputy Member Director Mahinda Vallipuram and U.S. Cricket Chairman Parag Marathe will also join him.
So far, cricket has only appeared in the Olympics once, and it dates back to Paris in 1900, when only two teams participated in the competition-Britain and the host France.
A statement read: “There are 30 million cricket fans in the United States, which makes Los Angeles in 2028 the ideal Olympics for cricket to return to the Olympics… The addition of this sport in 2028 will mark the end of 128 years of absence.”
Cricket will also participate in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022, which will perfectly demonstrate the impact of this sport on the Olympic Games. ICC President Greg Barclay said that adding this sport to the Olympic roster will benefit the sport and the Olympic Organizing Committee.
“…We hope that cricket will be part of the future Olympics. Our sport is united behind this bid. We see the Olympics as part of the long-term future of cricket. We have more than 1 billion in the world Of the fans, nearly 90% of them want to see cricket at the Olympics,” Barclays said.
“These fans have a very tempting opportunity to see their heroes competing for Olympic medals. We believe that cricket will be a great addition to the Olympics, but we know that ensuring our participation is not easy because there are many others. Great sports want to do the same thing. But we feel it’s time to show our best and show the great partnership between cricket and the Olympics,” he added.