The International Cricket Council has recommended six-team T20 events for both men and women to the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games Organizing Committee in an attempt to make cricket an international event. The ICC is continuing to push for cricket’s inclusion in major international sporting events.
Several reports have claimed that cricket will not feature in the 2028 Olympics, which will be held in Los Angeles. However, according to ESPNcricinfo, no decision has been made yet, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will make a final decision in October after the LA28 organizers finalize the list of new sports by March.
Cricket Has Not Been Part Of The Olympics Since 1900
At the IOC session in Mumbai in October this year or later, these will be approved. If the plan is approved, the six competing teams will be in the top six of the ICC Men’s and Women’s T20 Rankings on the cut-off date. The ICC is currently exploring ideas with LA28 organizers before deciding the tournament structure.
The IOC outlined its efforts to become more cost-effective in its strategic plan, “Olympic Agenda 2020+5”, which is why the ICC recommended six-team events. The IOC has concluded that the best way to reduce costs is to reduce inflated team sizes in disciplines and overall contingencies. As a result, 10,500 athletes will compete in the 2024 Paris Olympics, down from the 11,300 competing in the 2021 Tokyo Games.
Great Britain and France are the only two countries to have played cricket at the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris. Britain won the match against the host team by 158 runs and won the gold medal. Cricket made a comeback in the women’s T20 format at last year’s Commonwealth Games. Australia beat India to win the gold medal in the final game. The T10 format is being considered as a potential Olympic possibility, and unlike the CWG, both men’s and women’s teams are considered.