Twenty20 cricket to make bid for inclusion at 2024 Olympic Games
Cricket is to make a bid for the sport to be included at the 2024 Olympic Games.
Last Updated: 27/02/13 1:03pm
The MCC World Cricket Committee wants Twenty20 cricket to become an Olympic sport, believing it could lead to a "a potential boost" in the profile of the sport.
Cricket was given full Olympic recognition back in 2010, but because of the lengthy bidding process the first Games that could see cricket included is 2024.
The MCC World Cricket Committee - which acts as a complementary body to ICC - met in Auckland over the past two days and although they admit it would cost the game financially, feel the positives of being an Olympic sport make up for such losses.
The 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."
International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge has previously backed the idea of cricket bidding for a place at the Games.
In 2011 he said: "We would welcome an application. It's an important, popular sport and very powerful on television. It's a sport with a great tradition where mostly you have a respect of the ethics."
Only once before has cricket appeared in the Games - in 1900, when Britain were beaten by France, while there was also a cricket tournament at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.