Cricket is getting closer to his return to the Olympic Games as of now, Jay Shah, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has reportedly given his nod that the sport should be included in the 2028 Games in Los Angeles.
Cricket previously appeared at the 1900 Paris Olympics. After Belgium and the Netherlands withdrew, only one match in the tournament, the final, took place, in which Great Britain defeated France by 158 runs. However, cricket has never been played in the International Games again.
The BCCI was previously reluctant to cricket in the Olympics; However, the position has softened recently. Last year, the ICC asked all its members to report on the possible financial benefits of inclusion.
The International Cricket Council (ICC)’s proposal to introduce cricket as an Olympic sport in 2028 has been submitted to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). And now the governing body has won the concession from the BCCI, the most powerful cricket board.
“After cricket is added to the Olympics, India will participate,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah told the Hindustan Times.
“The BCCI and the ICC are on the same page when it comes to participating in the Olympic Games,” he added.
The BCCI, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the government are working together on this project. Recently, the BCCI raised Rs. $ 10 million to help the marketing contingent of the Tokyo-bound Indian contingent; they then also announced solid cash prices, totaling Rs. 4 crore, for the seven medal winners Saturday.
With a call from the government to increase the medal prospects in India, the board also changed its position.
“The BCCI is more than happy to work with the government and help increase the medal of India,” a BCCI official said.
It remains to be seen if ICC introduces the T10 format – or even The Hundred – format at the international level for the Olympic Games, or they will continue with the T20 format.
In encouraging news for fans, cricket has also been added as in the Commonwealth Games 2022 (Birmingham, July-Aug). The Indian council has agreed to send a women’s team for the competition. Cricket is also planned for the 2022 Asian Games (Hangzhou, September).
With the packed calendar of ICC events, bilateral cricket and franchise leagues, a window for the men’s teams was not available and feasible for the boards.