Anyone for cricket at the Olympics? ICC announce they will bid to bring their sport back to the Games for the first time in 128 years at Los Angeles 2028… and it could offer a Team GB gold with England top of T20 rankings!
- Cricket has only featured once at the Olympic Games, back in 1900
- But the ICC are now bidding for its inclusion in the Los Angeles Games in 2028
- ICC chair Greg Barclay say ’90 per cent’ of fans want cricket in the Olympics
- Find out the latest Tokyo Olympic news including schedule, medal table and results right here
The International Cricket Council has confirmed its intention to bid for cricket’s inclusion in the Olympics.
The ICC has brought together a working group to lead the bid, with the aim of cricket becoming an Olympic sport by Los Angeles 2028.
Greg Barclay, the ICC chair, said: ‘Our sport is united behind this bid, and we see the Olympics as part of cricket’s long-term future.
The ICC has confirmed its intention to bid for cricket’s inclusion in the Olympic Games
The ICC has brought together a working group to lead the bid with the target of LA in 2028
‘We have more than a billion fans globally and almost 90 per cent of them want to see cricket at the Olympics.
‘We believe cricket would be a great addition to the Olympic 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 the Olympics could be.’
There has only been one cricket match played at the Olympics.
In 1900, 24 players from France and Great Britain took part in a low-scoring Test match.
If cricket is included in the modern games, the format is likely to be much shorter – England are currently top of the T20 world rankings in the men’s game and won the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Eoin Morgan’s England side are currently ranked No 1 in the world T20 rankings
ECB board chair Ian Watmore will lead the ICC Olympic Working Group and he will be joined by the 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, who believes the time is ripe for an Olympic bid
‘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,’ Marathe said.
‘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 Olympic Games and help us to achieve our own vision for establishing cricket as a mainstream sport in this country.’
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