While it is well known that the only Olympic cricket match was played in 1900 it is perhaps not so widely appreciated that cricket was also originally scheduled as an Olympic sport in 1896 and is listed in the provisional programme for the Athens Games published in Paris in January 1895.
A true cricket tournament was not scheduled for the 1900 Paris Exposition. Rather the French team was to play three games against visiting teams, as follows: 4-5 August: France vs. Belgium; 11-12 August: France vs. the Netherlands; and 19-20 August: France vs. Great Britain. However, the Netherlands was unable to field a complete cricket team and Belgium did not send their team to Paris. Thus only one match took place.