ICC ask members to gauge benefits of cricket in the Olympics

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    The ICC is continuing its push for a return of cricket to the Olympics, as it recently asked all members to report on the potential financial benefits of inclusion.

    According to ESPN Cricinfo, a questionnaire sent to all ICC members asked them to quantify the “potential financial support” they could expect to receive each year from their government and respective Olympic organisations if the sport’s inclusion was confirmed.

    The template also asked members to distinguish between the support available if the sport was accepted to the games on a permanent basis or “on a one-off basis (e.g. 2028 LA Olympics)”.

    The forms must be returned by November 2nd, with the results set to be discussed at the next ICC board meetings later in the month.

    While the ICC undertook a similar exercise a couple of years ago, the decision to revisit the issue again so soon would appear to suggest growing support for involvement.

    Cricinfo says most governing bodies could expect increased funding from their respective governments or other public organisations if Olympic status was confirmed.