Cricket inclusion in 2028 Olympics
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on 10 August 2021 confirmed its intention to bid for cricket's inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. The ICC has been making the case for cricket's inclusion for a while and the bid will also have the backing from the world's richest board BCCI as made clear by secretary Jay Shah recently.
- Fearing loss of its autonomy and interference from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), the BCCI was not very enthusiastic about cricket's inclusion in the Summer Games earlier but has assured India's participation at the world's biggest sporting extravaganza if the ICC manages to secure its entry.
- The ICC has also formed an Olympic Working Group which will work on making the game part of the Olympics starting from 2028.
- Clearly cricket has a strong and passionate fanbase, particularly in South Asia where 92% of our fans come from, whilst there are also 30 million cricket fans in the USA.
- The game will be making a return to the Commonwealth Games for the first time since 1998 with women's cricket set to be introduced in the 2022 Birmingham edition.
- The only time cricket was part of the Olympics was in 1900 when England beat France in a two-day game.