Cricket Australia has set its sights on the inclusion of the sport in the 2032 Brisbane Olympics. It is part of a strategic plan to increase participation. As well as to preserve the game’s position at the centre of the nation’s sporting culture.
In the next five years, the ambitious “Where the Game Grows” strategy hopes to double the number of kids aged five to 12 who play the game. The figures will rise to 210,000, with girls making up 60,000 of that total. One of the aims is to reinstate cricket in the Olympics for the first time since 1900.
Cricket has been selected as a potential addition to the 2028 Olympic Games along with eight other sports. The International Cricket Council (ICC) will make a presentation to organisers later this month. Any sport may be included by the host city, but only with the IOC’s permission (IOC).
Last month, women’s T20 cricket made its debut at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Australia defeated India in the championship match by nine runs to win the first-ever gold medal.
The “sustainable future” element of the strategy includes the inclusion of cricket in the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Over the next five years, CA wants to see both the men’s and women’s national teams win at least three ICC tournaments. It has also promised to release a sustainability-related action plan elsewhere.
“Cricket is a quintessential part of the Australian summer. However, recent years have shown how vulnerable our game is to a changing climate,” the document said.
The BBL and WBBL are also receiving a lot of attention during this season. Which has been dubbed the “Rebound” after Covid’s negative effects. Given the explosive expansion of T20 leagues in the January window, the challenges for the BBL are particularly severe.
“This strategy contains both a vision and a clear plan for how we can achieve bold, transformative change while also meeting our core responsibilities,” said CA chief executive Nick Hockley.
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