Cricket’s return to the Olympics, breaking a 120-year hiatus, found its guiding light in the Indian Premier League (IPL). IPL tournament caught the attention of Olympic organizers prior to the 2028 Los Angeles Games. Its appeal extended beyond its lucrative revenue streams, encompassing the electrifying match-day environment, the dynamic fusion of sports and entertainment, and the revelation of cricket‘s extensive potential.
This recognition was significant, especially for a sport often criticized outside the Commonwealth for its perceived lengthiness, pace, and complexity. Casey Wasserman, the head of the Los Angeles Olympics Organising Committee, stated,
“We want to recreate that environment,”
During the deliberations, the IOC sought counsel from Nita Ambani, a co-owner of Mumbai Indians, regarding the sport’s potential inclusion. Wasserman gained firsthand experience with the IPL in 2010 and he stated,
“To have that expertise, that understanding, how to operate a tournament at that level, how to attract the greatest players in the world, how to make it the most exciting environment…”
“I will never forget my first IPL match. It was electric.”
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