Sport: Cricket's bid to be included in the 2028 Olympics receives a boost

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Cricket's bid to be included in the Olympics has received a boost after Los Angeles 2028 organisers sent a delegation to inspect the T20 competition at the Commonwealth Games.

Sportsmail understands four members of the LA 2028 team are in Birmingham to watch the women's tournament as they mull over which sports they want to add to their programme.

The LA Olympics already has 28 sports confirmed on its schedule, but the host city can propose new ones to the International Olympic Committee, who would likely accept any suggestions.

Cricket is one of nine sports vying for a place and it is understood the International Cricket Council will state their case to LA 2028 at a meeting later this month.

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A delegation from the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic committee is in Birmingham to watch women's T20 cricket at the Commonwealth Games © Provided by Daily Mail A delegation from the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic committee is in Birmingham to watch women's T20 cricket at the Commonwealth Games Nine sports are vying for inclusion in the schedule for LA 2028, with cricket among them © Provided by Daily Mail Nine sports are vying for inclusion in the schedule for LA 2028, with cricket among them

Cricket has only been in the Olympics once before – a one-off match between Britain and France in 1900 – but its inclusion in the Commonwealth Games has opened the door for its return.

'We have declared our ambition to be involved in the Olympic Games,' said ICC chief executive Geoff Allardice during last week's AGM in Birmingham.

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The Commonwealth Games in Birmingham features a women's 20-over competition © Provided by Daily Mail The Commonwealth Games in Birmingham features a women's 20-over competition

'We are assisting the LA 2028 organisers and providing any information that will help their assessment of different sports with regards to addition to the Olympic programme.'

A new T20 cricket tournament – Major League Cricket – is due to launch in the US next year and there are plans to build a 10,000-seater stadium in the Californian city of Irvine, close to LA, which could become an Olympic venue.

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