Rugby Union, a sport which like cricket owes its international development to the British Empire but whose major nations now include France and Argentina, will see sevens, its nearest equivalent to Twenty20, make its Olympic debut at next year's Games in Rio.

But cricket officials have so turned their back on Olympic involvement, with England often seen as the major stumbling block given the Games traditionally cut across their own season. "At a time when every other sport wants to expand, the ICC (International Cricket Council) is actually shrinking the Cricket World Cup and doesn't want to participate in the Olympics," said Oval protest organiser Sam Collins of the #changecricket campaign. But Harrison insisted the ECB were open to Olympic cricket.

"I think cricket should have the debate about Olympic representation," Harrison said in an interview with BBC Radio's Test Match Special on Thursday. "It does throw up serious questions for us with our season straddling when a summer Olympics takes place but these are questions we should ask and understand.

"England is often seen as a barrier to this discussion but that's simply not the case. If you do have a successful Olympic movement for your sport it can be transformative outside the Hobbs Gates at The Oval.

'Death of a Gentleman' alleges that international cricket lacks transparency, with India, England and Australia running the world game primarily in the interests of their own countries, with other nations having to fight for scraps off the table.

"Thanks to the three big nations that run world cricket England, Australia and India -- who also control 52 percent of the game's revenues, Test cricket is being sacrificed in favour of the short forms of the game," said Sam Collins.

"The other 102 countries who play the game have access to only 48 percent of the revenues."

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