ICC CEO Geoff Allardice (Image Credits: Twitter)
ICC CEO Geoff Allardice (Image Credits: Twitter)

Cricket gained a big boost to the Olympics after returning to the Commonwealth Games after being included in the list of sports the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would consider for inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Games. 

The International Cricket Council (ICC) was requested to present their case by the organising committee for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

As the IOC is slated to meet in Mumbai in the second quarter of 2023, a definitive decision regarding the inclusion of cricket is anticipated. It should be noted that the ICC and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) were the main proponents of including women’s cricket in the 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022
Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 (Image Credit: Twitter)

Cricket Fighting For A Seat At The 2028 Los Angeles Games

Cricket is fighting for a seat at the 2028 Los Angeles Games together with eight other sports: baseball/softball, flag football, lacrosse, breakdancing, karate, kickboxing, squash, and racing. 

The IOC announced 28 sports earlier in February with an emphasis on children that would be included in the LA Games. It also developed a method for identifying “possible new sports” and determining whether they would fit well in the Olympics. 

India Women vs Australia Women, Commonwealth Games, 2022 (Image Credits: Twitter)
India Women vs Australia Women, Commonwealth Games, 2022 (Image Credits: Twitter)

Cricket is in an excellent position, according to the ICC, to be included in the Olympics. It has been “a standout attraction” at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, according to ICC CEO Geoff Allardice. 

“We’ve seen from the Commonwealth Games how much the world’s best players have enjoyed playing in front of big crowds and what I’m sure will be large TV audiences,” Allardice told ESPNcricinfo. 

19 Sep 1998: South Africa celebrate gold after the cricket final against Australia during the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mandatory Credit: Laurence Griffiths /Allsport
19 Sep 1998: South Africa celebrates gold after the final against Australia during the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mandatory Credit: Laurence Griffiths /Allsport

Even though only women’s cricket qualified for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, a sport must have both male and female competitors to qualify for the Olympics. The ICC is certain that it has a wide enough worldwide following to be included in the multi-sport competition. 

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