Cricket's bid for an Olympic spot received a jolt when it was excluded from the provisional list of 28 sports for the 2028 Los Angeles Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Cricket, which has featured at the Olympics just once in 1900 Paris Games, failed to make the cut for the LA Games on Thursday.
In 1990 Paris Games, cricket made its maiden and only appearance where it was played between just two countries. Besides Olympics, the other multi-sport in which cricket featured was only in the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
Cricket, however, will make its return to the Commonwealth Games in next year's Birmingham CWG in the form of a women's Twenty20 event.
In August this year, the ICC had started preparations for cricket's inclusion in the Olympics. But the IOC takes into consideration a sport's popularity, cost, complexity, uniqueness and relevance towards young people as factors before including them in the Olympic programme.
The ICC, cricket's governing body, currently has 12 full members and 94 associate members.
The provisional list of 28 sports will be submitted for approval at the IOC session in February next year.