The MCC World Cricket committee has backed the inclusion of
Twenty20 cricket in the Olympics but acknowledges it will
take a great deal of effort for that to happen, the
organisation's advisory body says.
Cricket would have to apply to be part of the Games and 2024
is the earliest possible date for its inclusion.
The committee, made up of current and former international
players and umpires and which acts as a complementary body to
International Cricket Council, meets twice yearly to discuss
issues in the game.
"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," it said in a statement
on the MCC website (www.lords.org).
"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 has only once appeared at the Olympics, in 1900, when
a team from Britain played one from France.
Sports are currently battling for inclusion in the 2020 Games
after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended
wrestling be dropped from the programme.
The IOC's executive board will meet in St Petersburg in May
to decide which of eight candidate sports, including
wrestling, will be put forward to win the spot left vacant
for the 2020 Games.
Martial arts karate and wushu, rollersports, wakeboarding,
squash, sports climbing and a joint bid by baseball and
softball are also seeking inclusion in the 2020 Olympics.