Prospects of cricket returning to the Olympics have acquired a significant increase because the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) just lately requested its member international locations to furnish an in depth report on the potential monetary benefits if cricket is included within the mega occasion.
In accordance with a questionnaire despatched to all members, ICC directed them to gauge the potential monetary advantages they anticipate to obtain from their respective governments and Olympic organizations following the inclusion of cricket within the Olympics.
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Curiously, ICC has additionally requested member international locations to obviously differentiate between the help prolonged to them if the game is included on a everlasting or a one-off foundation.
ICC has directed all members to return the questionnaire by 2 November and its outcomes might be mentioned through the board assembly later within the month.
ICC had beforehand requested comparable a query from its member international locations a few years in the past. Nevertheless, the very fact ICC has determined to revisit the difficulty so quickly suggests the rising help for the inclusion of cricket within the Olympics.
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One other driving power behind the ICC’s resolution to lift the matter as soon as once more could possibly be the financial challenges the governing physique is going through following the coronavirus pandemic. ICC member international locations might anticipate a major improve of their funding from their governments and Olympics organizations if cricket receives a everlasting standing within the Olympics.
Cricket had solely featured within the 1900 Paris Olympics. After Netherlands and Belgium withdrew their groups from the event, the one cricket match in Olympics was contested between Nice Britain and France, which the previous gained by 158 runs.