Crowe steps down from MCC position

New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe has stepped down from a role with the Marylebone Cricket Club to allow him to battle cancer.

Crowe stood down from the MCC's world cricket committee at its two-day meeting in Auckland this week, having served since its inception in 2006.

The committee, chaired by former England captain Mike Brearley and including greats like Steve Waugh and Mike Atherton is a think tank to look at issues confronting the game.

Crowe, 50, a former New Zealand captain who played 77 Tests in a 13-year career, was diagnosed with lymphoma in October 2012.

The committee says it want to see Twenty20 cricket included at the 2024 Olympic Games.

"The committee accepts that, were cricket to be played in the Olympics, there would be a short-term loss in income for the ICC (International Cricket Council), and therefore for dispersion to its members, but is impressed with the potential boost for the game worldwide if cricket were to be included," it said in a statement.

"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."