Cricket at 2028 Olympics: ICC proposes 6-team T20 competition for men and women

In an effort to include cricket in major international sporting events, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has proposed six-team T20 competitions for both men and women to the organizers of the Los Angeles Olympic Games (LA28). .

Between that buzz baseball may be ignored again in 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, ESPNcricinfo has learned that no decision has been made yet and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will make a final decision in October after the LA28 organizers finalize the list of new sports. in March.

These will then be adopted at the IOC session in Mumbailikely to happen on or around October this year.

The six competing teams will most likely be the top six in the ICC men’s and women’s T20 standings on a cut-off date, if the plan goes through.

The ICC is currently exploring ideas with the LA28 organizers before deciding on the tournament format, according to ESPNcricinfo.

T20 was proposed as the format because the LA28 and the IOC had both informed the ICC that the format should be a world championship format (e.g. T10 excluded), of short duration (excluding ODI) and has quite a large number of interactive viewers.

The IOC’s drive to become more cost-effective, which it outlined as part of its strategic plan called ‘5th Olympic Agenda’, is the rationale. which is the main reason why the ICC proposes six-team events. It has determined that minimizing overblown team sizes across sectors, as well as teams overall, is the best method for reducing costs. Thus, there will be 10,500 athletes competing in 2024 Paris Olympics, down from 11,300 competitors in 2021 Tokyo Game.

The 20205 strategic plan, which supports many popular events including LA28, includes cost-effective “opportunities”, and the IOC has emphasized “developing an event-based program with a primary focus on simplifying overall planning of the venue and reducing costs and complexity in each sport.”

In addition, LA28 informed the ICC that the size of the proposed competition could not be affected and that only top athletes could participate. This also influenced the decision to only allow the top six teams of both men and women to compete in the planned event.

The ICC Working Group for the Games, headed by Greg Barclay (ICC president), also includes Paraag Marathe (former US Cricket president), Indra Nooyi and Jay Shah, BCCI secretary.

The inclusion of Shah, who is both the chairman of the finance and trade committee and the BCCI representative to the ICC board, was a calculated move.

Given India’s desire to host the Olympics in the near future, the IOC has identified the country as a major market. And the ICC thinks the Shah’s presence could help its negotiations with the IOC to have cricket featured at the sport’s biggest global event is a significant and potentially powerful boost. .

This story has been published from the electronic agency’s feed without any modification to the text. Only the title has been changed.

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