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BCCI Apex Council meeting: India ready to participate in Olympics 2028, domestic season likely from September

The sport of cricket is being contemplated on being included in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India held its Apex Council meeting to discuss the same, including the domestic calendar window for the upcoming season.

BCCI Apex Council meeting: India ready to participate in Olympics 2028, domestic season likely from September-ayh
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Mumbai, First Published Apr 17, 2021, 3:05 PM IST
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India conducted its annual meeting involving its Apex Council on Friday to discuss some issues. The agendas included India's participation in the Los Angeles Olympics 2028, the upcoming domestic calendar and many more, as we take a look:

2028 Olympics
The proposal of the inclusion of Twenty20 cricket in the Olympics is still under consideration by the International Olympic Committee. However, the BCCI has seemingly made up its mind to allow the men's team to participate in the prestigious global event should the sport be finally included in it. In contrast, the women's team is already set to participate in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.

"The apex council has, in principle, accepted that the teams would be sent to the Los Angeles games if cricket is included in the roster. And it has also been decided to send the women's team for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. The details will be worked out over a period of time," a BCCI official was quoted as saying by Sportstar.

Domestic season from September?
The regular India domestic season has taken a hit since last year following the COVID-19 pandemic. Although a couple of limited-overs tournament (Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy) have been held, the proper complete season is yet to resume fully.

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Meanwhile, as for the upcoming season, the BCCI has seemingly decided the 2021-22 domestic season is likely to get underway from September with the SMAT. "As of now, the plan is to have as much cricket as possible, but given the COVID-19 situation, we will have to take a closer look in the coming months. We plan to have the T20, One-dayers and Ranji Trophy," the official added.

Women's cricket
As for the women's department, the international tours would resume from June, with a tour of England, followed by Australia (September-October), while Windies travels to India in November. It would be followed by the ICC Women's World Cup and a tri-series in New Zealand.

Also, the Women's T20 Challenge would continue to have three teams. It would be played during the Indian Premier League 2021 playoffs, with the venue likely to be Delhi.

Other discussions

  • Women's head coach to be appointed by Cricket Advisory Committee, led by Madan Lal.
  • Bihar Cricket Association handed a show-cause notice for flouting BCCI's diktat.
  • BCCI's Rajeev Shukla (vice-president) and Arun Dhumal (treasurer) would initiate Jammu and Kashmir's ad-hoc committee to develop the state's cricket.
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