Tuesday, August 25, 1998 Published at 10:45 GMT 11:45 UK
MCC to vote on women members
The pavilion at Lord's: one of the last remaining male bastions
In a statement on Tuesday, the MCC said a vote would be held on the matter next month.
In February, a majority of those members balloted voted to overturn the men-only rule but they failed to achieve the two-thirds majority necessary.
The MCC's leadership sent a questionnaire to members afterwards, trying to find out why so many resisted the change.
Sports Minister Tony Banks has made it clear that Lord's, the home of Middlesex County Cricket Club and a Test match venue for many years, would not get any National Lottery cash until the ban on women is lifted.
The woman who started the ball rolling
She said she suspected the ban was being upheld by older MCC members who were "concerned about the invasion of the sanctity of Lord's and the pavilion."
She added: "But with the 18-year waiting list, many of the older ones would be dead before the first women joined anyway."