The International Cricket Council (ICC) has taken the first step towards the inclusion of cricket in Olympics. On Tuesday, the international cricket governing body confirmed its intention to push the entry of cricket in Olympic Games.
The board intends to start the preparations for a bid on behalf of the sport setting the primary target of the Los Angeles 2028 itinerary for the addition of the sport in the mega sporting event. ICC has also assembled a Working Group for the same.
Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that the ICC has proposed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to include cricket in the competitions for the Los Angeles Olympics 2028. The board confirmed that if the proposal gets accepted, India will definitely participate in the quadrennial sporting event.
“Once cricket is added in the Olympics, India will be participating. The BCCI and the ICC are on the same page as far as participation in the Olympics is concerned,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said earlier.
If the events go ahead as planned, the sport will mark its entry into the mega sporting event after 128 years. Except for one instance in the 1900 Olympics in a one-off clash between Great Britain and France in Paris, cricket has never been part of the list of sports in the Olympics. It is common knowledge that the BCCI had a huge role to play in the exclusion of the sport from the Olympics owing to its disagreements with the IOC. The same holds for ECB.
However, in the Apex Council meeting in April 2021, BCCI agreed to participate in the Olympics if the sport gets the green light for its inclusion in the event.
Cricket will be part of the sports to be played in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and that will help in shaping the future of the sport in 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,” ICC Chair Greg Barclay said.
England and Wales Cricket Board Chair Ian Watmore has been named the ICC Olympic Working Group. 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 will all be a part of it.