London, Aug 21: English cricket chiefs are no longer implacably hostile to the idea of Twenty20 featuring in a future Olympic Games, one of the country’s top administrators said. England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison’s comments came on the same day as a protest outside The Oval ahead of the start of the fifth Ashes Test slammed global cricket bosses for, among other things, turning their back on the Olympics.Also Read - Tokyo Olympics 2020 HIGHLIGHTS, Day 6 Updates: Boxer Pooja Rani One Win Away From Medal; Deepika Kumari, PV Sindhu Reach Respective Pre-Quarters

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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. Also Read - Tokyo Olympics: Mirabai Chanu Stands Chance to Get Gold, China's Zhihui Hou to be Tested by Anti-Doping Authorities

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.”