Cricket at the 2028 Olympics is on the agenda for the next BCCI Apex Council meeting

Whether cricket is working together to be included in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics could become clearer next week, and the games will be discussed by the Apex Cricket Control Committee of India (BCCI).

The 2028 Olympics and the BCCI’s position on the cricket bidding that will be on the program is one of the 14 items on the agenda for a special meeting of the Apex Council, an Indian news agency ANI reports.

The meeting is scheduled for April 16.

Late last year, BCCI gave trial support to an attempt to include cricket in Los Angeles in 2028, but it was said that it depended on receiving certain “clarifications”.

BCCI is one of the state cricket bodies of the “big three” – along with the England and Wales Cricket Board and Austrian cricket – and is considered the most powerful, especially since the Indian Premier League emerged as a major cricket franchise competition.

BCCI’s support would likely be crucial to any bid for cricket to perform at the Olympics that would be successful, and the organization’s attitude toward multiple sporting events has proven to be a stumbling block in the past.

Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles was an exhibition cricket match between two teams of retired players - led by Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar - in 2015 © Getty Images
Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles was an exhibition cricket match between two teams of retired players – led by Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar – in 2015 © Getty Images

Cricket appeared at the Asian Games in 2010 and 2014, but India did not play any role, and that sport was not included in the program of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010.

Last year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) issued a questionnaire asking member countries to assess the “potential financial support” they could receive if the sport returned to the Olympic program for the first time in 128 years in Los Angeles in 2028.

The timetable for deciding whether the ICC will try to be included in Los Angeles 2028 has not yet been determined.

Given that the 2032 Games are to be held in Brisbane, which is now an Australian city ranked as the most desirable bidder by the International Olympic Committee, cricket could also wait until then and ask to be added to the program, given Australia’s rich cricket tradition.

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