Despite being one of the most popular sports in many parts of the world, cricket is not regarded a "global" sport. The Olympic Games have yet to recognize the sport. Cricket is popular in Southeast Asia, the United Kingdom, and South Africa, but it has yet to spread to the rest of the world. Here are the reasons why cricket is not included in the Olympics. 

1.) Government Involvement

Currently, the ICC has recommended all governments of Test-playing nations to have little influence over the sport. Cricket teams are currently organised and regulated by non-governmental organisations in order to retain the sport's greatness. If cricket is ever featured in the Olympics, governments will have complete control over team selection, decreasing future player quality.

2.) Time Limits for Games

Prior to the introduction of the T20 format, the ODIs were the most realistic format for Olympic participation. A single ODI game can go up to 8 hours, with a total of 100 overs. If a significant number of teams compete, the overall time of the Olympic games event would be shortened.

3.) Venues

Cricket requires unique facilities that no other Olympic sport can compete on. It would make the event difficult to organize. To hold the matches, a large number of grounds would be required.

4.) Non-Cricket Oriented Host Countries

Cricket's inclusion in the Olympics has been opposed by non-cricket playing Olympic host countries. When a cricket-playing country is picked to host the Olympics, cricket is likely to be included.

5.) Cricket's Busy Calendar

Cricket matches are frequently scheduled all year in all cricket-playing countries. The major ICC events will be held in addition to an already crowded calendar. There will be 50-over World Cup, T20 World Cup, World Test Championship, and Champions Trophy matches. As a result, incorporating cricket in the Olympics would make the schedules even busier.

6.) Cricket-playing nations' willingness

For whatever reason, the top cricket-playing countries are only sporadically interested in bringing cricket to the Olympics. So far, financially sound cricket boards such as the BCCI, ECB, and Cricket Australia have made no noticeable efforts.

So, now you know the reason why cricket is not there in Olympics. Thank you for reading the article..

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