Cricket Australia has set its eyes on the inclusion of the sport in the 2032 Brisbane Olympics as part of a strategic plan to boost participation and maintain the game’s position at the heart of the nation’s sports culture.

The ambitious “Where the Game Grows” approach aims to reach 210,000 children aged five to 12 who play the game in the next five years, with females making up 60,000 of that total. One of the objectives is to bring cricket back to the Olympics for the first time since 1900, if not already completed in the Los Angeles Summer Games in 2028.

Cricket has been chosen as a prospective inclusion in the 2028 Olympic Games along with eight other sports. Later this month, the International Cricket Council (ICC) will deliver a presentation to the organizers. The host city may include any sport, but only with the IOC’s consent (IOC). Australia won the first-ever gold medal in women’s Twenty20 cricket, which was contested for the first time at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last month, by defeating India by nine runs in the final game. Brisbane plans to convert the city’s Gabba cricket field into an Olympic Stadium with 50,000 seats to serve as the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2032 Games.

Cricket will be a part of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032 as part of the “sustainable future” component of the plan, which also aims to improve the fan experience, expand the grassroots, and keep Australia competitive internationally.

Cricket Australia wishes to see the men’s and women’s national teams win at least three ICC competitions during the next five years.

I want to congratulate everyone in the game for their enthusiasm and dedication as we seek to unify and encourage everyone to love and play cricket, making cricket a sport for everyone that makes Australians proud, said CA CEO Nick Hockley. “This strategy offers both a vision and a clear roadmap for how we can accomplish ambitious, revolutionary change while still achieving our basic duties.