Cricket and the Olympics present a sporting relation that baffles and fascinates at the same time. The Olympic movement would love to include cricket in its fold. Yet, the people in charge of international cricket happen to find the idea unappealing.
Cricket was once part of the Olympics, though its inclusion in the early days of modern Olympics was thought to be a joke. Back in the Paris Games in 1900, a cricket match was played between Great Britain and France. The British team was a touring club side; the French one was made of English expats. Never has Olympic gold been so easily earned.