The International Cricket Council is very much hopeful of seeing cricket feature in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. Marylebone Cricket Club’s World Cricket Committee chairman Mike Gatting confirmed the news. Gatting went on to say that ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney assured the MCC’s Cricket Committee about the strong progress that has been made to give the game a global platform.
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Cricket has featured in the Olympics only once so far – the 1900 Summer Olympics with only a men’s contest. Great Britain had won the gold medal in cricket’s only appearance at the Olympics. In fact, only two cricket teams – Great Britain and hosts France – had competed in the 1900 Olympics. Cricket was originally scheduled to be included in the inaugural 1896 Summer Olympics. Had that happened, cricket would have been the only team sport held at the Games. There were, however, insufficient entries and so no event was held.
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Well, the fans can finally see the game featuring in Olympics in 2028 if everything goes according to ICC’s plans.
“We were talking with Manu Sawhney the ICC chief exec, and he was very hopeful we can get cricket into the 2028 Olympics. That’s what they’re working towards at the moment and that would be a huge bonus for cricket worldwide, it would be fantastic,” ESPN Cricinfo quoted Gatting as saying.
Gatting also ensured that scheduling a two-week window period for the Olympics is not that difficult for the ICC as the event comes along once in four years. ICC faces a major task in convincing the heavyweights to send their strongest teams to the sporting extravaganza.
“It’s two weeks, that’s a good thing about it, it’s not a month, so it’s one of those events where scheduling for two weeks should be fine once every four years once you do the first one. You’re going to have – one hopes – a four-year period, once you know you’ve been accepted into the Olympcs, that gives you a chance to actually shape your two weeks, so it’s not as if it is butted into the schedule,” Gatting said.
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