ICC To Push For Cricket’s Inclusion In Olympics, Los Angeles 2028 ‘Main Goal’

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday confirmed its intention to push for cricket’s inclusion within the Olympic Video games going ahead, beginning preparations for a bid on behalf of the game with the first goal being the Los Angeles 2028 Video games. In response to the apex physique, a working group to guide the bid has been assembled by the ICC. Cricket’s world physique stated 30 million cricket followers reside within the USA, making LA 2028 the perfect Video games for cricket to make its return to the Olympic competitors.

Cricket, until now, has made only one look within the Olympics, means again in 1900 in Paris when solely two groups competed on the occasion — Nice Britain and hosts France — that means the game’s inclusion in 2028 would mark the top of a 128-year absence.

ICC Chair Greg Barclay stated the addition of cricket to the Olympic Video games can be helpful to each the game and the Video games themselves.

“Firstly on behalf of everybody on the ICC, I want to congratulate the IOC, Tokyo 2020, and the folks of Japan for staging such an unbelievable Video games in such troublesome circumstances. It really was unbelievable to observe and captured the creativeness of the world and we’d love for cricket to be part of future Video games,” Barclay stated in a ICC launch.

“Our sport is united behind this bid, and we see the Olympics as part of cricket’s long-term future. We’ve got greater than a billion followers globally and nearly 90 p.c of them wish to see cricket on the Olympics.

“Clearly cricket has a robust and passionate fanbase, significantly in South Asia the place 92% of our followers come from while there are additionally 30 million cricket followers within the USA. The chance for these followers to see their heroes competing for an Olympic medal is tantalising,” he added.

“We consider cricket can be an amazing addition to the Olympic Video games, however we all know it will not be straightforward to safe our inclusion as there are such a lot of different nice sports activities on the market desirous to do the identical. However we really feel now could be the time to place our greatest foot ahead and present what an amazing partnership cricket and the Olympics are,” Barclay opined.

The game will function within the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games subsequent yr, which shapes as an ideal showcase for what the game can carry to the Olympics, in addition to being a momentous event by itself.

The ICC Olympic Working Group shall be chaired by England and Wales Cricket Board Chair Ian Watmore.

He shall be joined by ICC Unbiased Director Indra Nooyi, Chair of Zimbabwe Cricket Tavengwa Mukuhlani, ICC Affiliate Member Director and Vice President of the Asian Cricket Council Mahinda Vallipuram and Chair of USA Cricket Parag Marathe.

Marathe believes the time is now for cricket to make its long-awaited return to the Olympics, assured the game’s inclusion on the showpiece occasion would speed up the expansion of the sport within the USA.

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“USA Cricket is thrilled to have the ability to assist cricket’s bid for inclusion within the Olympics, the timing of which aligns completely with our persevering with plans to develop the game within the USA,” he stated.

“With so many passionate cricket followers and gamers already within the USA, and an enormous international viewers and following for the game all over the world, we consider that cricket’s inclusion will add nice worth to the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Video games and assist us to realize our personal imaginative and prescient for establishing cricket as a mainstream sport on this nation.”

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