International Cricket Council prepares bid for cricket inclusion in Los Angeles 2028 – 128 years after last Olympic appearance | cricket news


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The International Cricket Council (ICC) is preparing to run for inclusion in the sport in the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Cricket last appeared at the 1900 Olympics in Paris and was rarely played in other multiple sporting events, which many see as crucial to the growth of the game outside of the Commonwealth countries.

“Our sport is united behind this bid and we see the Olympic Games as part of cricket’s long-term future,” ICC President Greg Barclay said in a statement.

“We have over a billion fans around the world and about 90 percent of them want to watch cricket at the Olympics.”

92 percent of cricket’s fans come from South Asia as it is the dominant sport in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

Barkley said the sport’s inclusion in the 2028 Games would be welcomed by the 30 million cricket fans in the United States.

“We think cricket will be a great addition to the Olympics, but we know it won’t be easy to secure our inclusion because there are many other big sports that want to do the same,” New Zealander said.

“But we believe it is time to do our best and show how wonderful the partnership of cricket and the Olympic Games is.”

The ICC has set up an Olympic working group headed by England Cricket Board President Ian Wattmore. It also includes former PepsiCo Inc CEO Indra Nooyi and USA Cricket President Parag Marathe.

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“With so many passionate cricket fans and players already in the United States, a large global audience and those who follow the sport all over the world, we believe the inclusion of cricket will bring great value to the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games…,” Marath declared. .

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