The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) who have been reluctant to take a plunge into the Olympics are now ready to go ahead with it if cricket is added. For the first time, cricket will be part of the Commonwealth Games next year, where the women's team will take part. Cricket will also be played in the Asian Games in Hangzhou in September 2022.
“Once cricket is added in the Olympics, India will be participating,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said.
“The BCCI and the ICC are on the same page as far as participation in the Olympics is concerned,” he added.
Cricket is likely to be part of the Olympic games in 2028, which will be hosted by Los Angeles, USA. The BCCI had given a conditional nod to send a team for the 2028 Olympic games if its autonomy was maintained, which means, there will be no interference from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). The BCCI, IOA and the government are working together on this.
As far as the recent Tokyo Olympics are concerned, the BCCI has announced a total cash prize of INR 4 crore for the seven medal winners.
Cricket gives India a chance of increasing its medal prospects. As a result, the BCCI is considering sending a team. “The BCCI is more than happy to work together with the government and help increase India’s medal chances,” a BCCI official said.
Although we have not zeroed in on the format, T20s are most likely to be played at the Olympics. Although, many have called fr T10 or the most recent format The Hundred to be included.