It automatically comes to the mind of every Indian that why not cricket is a part of Olympics as India has always been a strong and dominant unit in this game at least for the last 50 years or so.
There has been a push for Twenty20 cricket to become an Olympic sport. Cricket is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which, it is understood, has encouraged the ICC to apply for the inclusion of a Twenty20 event in the Olympics, featuring up to 12 teams, both men and women.
While governing bodies of other sports have been quick to seize the exposure Olympic status can provide, the ICC has maintained a deliberate approach to the matter. At the last two ICC board meetings – on February 3 and April 24 (2016) in Dubai – they have deferred taking a final position on whether or not to make an application to the IOC siting the reason that it is difficult to fit Olympics into cricket calendar.
Also there are other important facts that we need to consider:
Cricket is not really a global sport (yet). Although, people of densely populated regions (Indian Subcontinent, England, Australia and South Africa) are crazy about Cricket, the sport itself has not managed to penetrate most of the countries of this world. There are only a few commonwealth nations that takes Cricket seriously as compared to other popular sports like Football, Athletics, Boxing, etc.
Also, some big nations of this world are minimally interested in this sport, e.g. USA, Japan, China, Russia, Germany, etc. which makes it even more difficult to consider for Olympics.
Arrangement of cricket matches are a logistic hassle. Cricket grounds need to be specifically made; you can’t hold any other sport in a cricket venue at least not until the whole tournament is over. Moreover, cricket includes a lot more technical equipments comapred to other games which is not easy for a non-cricket playing nation to arrange without any glitches.
Length of The Matches
Cricket matches can take a long time to finish. Even the shortest format (T20) of the game needs 4-5 hours.
Lack of Effort
No one has actually lobbied for Cricket. Not England, Not India–no one. If the cricket playing nations start lobbying, I am sure cricket will be included.
These are the major reasons behind cricket’s absence from Olympics.
For your information, Indian athletes have won a total of 27 medals so far in Olympics. For a period of time, India national field hockey team was dominant in Olympic competition, winning eleven medals in twelve Olympics between 1920 and 1980. The run included 8 gold medals in total and six successive gold medals from 1928–1956.
Though our athletes have made us proud in several occasions, a country with 125 cr population has not yet made it big at world’s biggest event of sports. With the due respect to the other sports, inclusion of cricket in Olympics will surely give a push to the possibility of winning medals.
Note: Cricket will be included in the 2024 Olympics if Rome wins its bid to host the games, the president of the Italian board has said. Rome is one of the cities bidding to host the Olympics in 2024. France Cricket is attempting to win a similar commitment with the Paris organising committee. “If Rome hosts the Olympics, cricket will be included, we have had a firm commitment from the organising committee”, Simone Gambino, president of the Federazione Cricket Italiana (FCI) has said.