Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Cricket buffs are always fascinated about the possibility of its inclusion in Olympics game which happens to be the biggest sporting event across the globe.

The game’s much-anticipated inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics has received a shot in the arm recently with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) short-listing it for a review along with eight other sporting disciplines.

As per sources, the development comes a day after ICC was formally invited by both the LA28 and IOC to submit presentation in order to make their case considered.

However, a final decision in this regard is expected to be announced ahead of the IOC session in Mumbai in mid-2023.

Other sports in consideration for the showpiece event are baseball/softball, flag football, lacrosse, break dancing, karate, kick-boxing, squash and motorsport.

As per IOC norms, a sport should clear some set of criteria in order to be considered for inclusion.

Cricket is currently being featured in the ongoing Commonwealth Games with the women’s T20 format being played among eight nations.

The global sport has only featured once at the 1900 Paris Olympic Games, with Great Britain and hosts France as only participants.