— Published 11 August 2021

Cricket launches its campaign

Big moves have begun for the candidates for additional sport status at the Los Angeles 2028 Games. The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday, August 10th, its decision to formally submit a bid. Chairman Greg Barclay said: “Our sport is united behind this bid, and we see the Olympics as part of the long-term future of cricket. We have over a billion fans worldwide and nearly 90% of them want to see cricket in the Olympics.” The intention is legitimate. And cricket, which is very popular in India and other Commonwealth countries, certainly has one of the most extensive fan bases on the planet. But with the likely inclusion of baseball and softball, which were present at the Tokyo Games but not selected for Paris 2024, cricket’s chances of making it to Los Angeles 2028 look slim. The Californian organisers will have to include the additional sports into the 10,500 athlete quota, a constraint that does not favour the addition of another team sport. A working group has been set up by the ICC to support the cricket bid. It includes of English Cricket Board boss Ian Watmore, former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi and USA Cricket chief Parag Marathe. Cricket has only been present at the 1900 Paris Games, where a single match was held between Britain and France. Three other sports have already expressed their interest in being chosen for the Los Angeles 2028 Games: lacrosse, American football and karate.