The International Cricket Council (ICC) has reaffirmed its intention to bid for cricket’s inclusion in the quadrennial athletic spectacle. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has formed a Working Group to lead the bid on behalf of the sport, with a focus on cricket’s inclusion in LA 2028, Brisbane 2032, and beyond.

“We see the Olympics as a part of cricket’s long-term future,” ICC chair Greg Barkley said in a press release on Tuesday. We have over a billion supporters throughout the world, and nearly 90% of them want to see cricket at the Olympics.

The action comes after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) gave its approval to the ICC’s Olympic proposal in April. The Indian board has a history of opposing cricket’s participation in the Games for administrative and financial reasons rather than cricketing ones. Things changed after Jay Shah took over as Chairman of the Board. He was recently cited as saying that the BCCI and the ICC were on the same page on the issue.

The ICC Olympic Working Group will be led by ECB board chair Ian Watmore, who will be joined by ICC independent director Indra Nooyi, Zimbabwe Cricket chair Tavengwa Mukuhlani, ICC Associate member director and vice-president of the Asian Cricket Council Mahinda Vallipuram, and USA Cricket chair Paraag Marathe, who believes the time is right for an Olympic bid.

In recent years, there has been a strong effort for cricket to participate in global athletic events. It already has a place in the Commonwealth Games in 2022, and in April, the two boards that have previously expressed reservations about cricket’s inclusion in the Olympics – the ECB and the BCCI – came together and made room for the possibility while planning the international calendar for 2023-2031. Despite the fact that no format has been decided, the T10 variant is gaining popularity.