The MCC have stepped up calls for T20 cricket to be included at the 2024 Olympic Games, saying the exposure achieved would be worth the financial losses the game could incur.
The organisation, which regulates the laws of cricket, had a meeting in Auckland recently, where they decided to approved the idea of cricket being played at the Olympics, with 2024 the soonest the game could be included.
The organisation's statement read: "The MCC world cricket committee appreciates that a great deal of effort may be needed to lobby for the inclusion of cricket in the Olympic Games of 2024.
"The committee accepts that, were cricket to be played in the Olympics, there would be a short-term loss in income for the ICC, and therefore for dispersion to its members, but is impressed with the potential boost for the game worldwide if cricket were to be included.
"Furthermore, the committee advocates Twenty20 cricket as the format to be played at the Olympics, thereby providing the 'pinnacle' of that form of the sport."
Cricket is already on the list of sports waiting to be given a shot at the games, having acquired approval from the International Olympic Committee in 2010.