England captain Charlotte Edwards has described MCC's contribution to women's cricket as 'vital' after her side trounced New Zealand and South Africa this winter.
A large number of Edwards' squad have developed their game in the MCC Universities and MCC Women's Young Cricketers schemes.
The likes of YCs Sarah Taylor and Danni Wyatt plus MCCU students Tammy Beaumont and Anya Shrubsole starred as England won every completed match against New Zealand and South Africa this winter.
And with the YC programme now partnered with the ECB, Edwards expects things to go from strength to strength with the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka the team's main target for 2012.
"The MCC's role in developing women's cricket is vital," said the 32-year-old opening batter in an interview with Lord's TV.
"Over the last five years the amount of girls who have gone through the MCC Academy is phenomenal.
"I'm really pleased they have come on board. I just wish I was 16 or 17 again and had these kind of opportunities to play here [at Lord's] every day!"
Edwards also discussed her side's chances in Sri Lanka, and her thoughts on the retirement of England seamer Isa Guha, in her exclusive interview with Lord's TV.
Edwards is a Chance to Shine Ambassador, and will be blogging for Lords.org throughout the year.