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Cricket could return to Olympic Games

October 9, 2023

Cricket could make a return to the Summer Olympics for the Los Angeles Games in 2028 – 128 years after the sport made its only appearance. 

The development was confirmed by the LA28 Organising Committee, which stated that cricket – along with baseball/softball, flag football, lacrosse and squash – had been recommended for “potential inclusion” as new sports for the LA Olympics.

The LA28 statement also confirmed that its recommendation will be “reviewed” and ratified later this week by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at its executive board meeting in Mumbai, between October 12 and 14.

During its presentation in front of LA28, the ICC recommended a six-team T20 event for both men and women. The participating teams would comprise the top-six ranked sides in the ICC’s men’s and women’s T20 rankings at a cut-off date.

Cricket has featured only once in the global games. In Paris 1900, just one game was played where Great Britain pipped hosts France to the gold medal. On that occasion, the game was played over two days and consisted of four innings like a first-class fixture.

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