The International Cricket Council has reportedly prepared a blue print for pushing the sport’s inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles. The global governing body for cricket, according to business news publication Forbes, has earmarked $ 3 million for the bid.
Cricket has been part of the Olympics only once more than a century ago – at the 1900 Games.
The ICC will spend a considerable chunk of the $3 mn corpus on an external agency to help it with the bid. The agency work on lobbying as cricket is likely to face fierce competition, including American sports like baseball and softball.
The selected agency will be tasked with establishing a strong public relations campaign with cricket’s notoriously divided board finally on the same page for the Olympic bid after years of bickering.
There is expected to be much travel involved for some of the working group members who will be needed to fraternize with International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials. According to Inside The Games, the provisional sport program for the LA Games is expected to be finalized in February at the IOC Session in Beijing.
The ICC will have until 2024 before a final decision will be made by the LA Games LOC. While T20 remains the first choice format for cricket at the Olympics, T10 or The 100 can also not be ruled out if cricket returns to the Games after more than 125 years.
It has taken a long time for cricket’s return to the Games, but finally long-awaited and now much-hyped bid has started.