International Olympic Committee chief Jacques Rogge last week rejected growing demands from the cricket community to include the popular game at the 2016 Summer Games.
But China, where the sport has no history, believes it will add a new dimension to the already massively popular Asian Games and help China understand a discipline that is huge in South Asia.
"The Olympic movement in Asia has made great progress and sport is becoming more and more popular," said Guangzhou vice mayor Xu Ruisheng on the sidelines of the Asian Beach Games in Bali.
"In order to promote the development of sport in Asia, especially non-Olympic sports, we are including cricket.
"It's very popular in South Asia but not so much in China and we would like to take this opportunity to promote it in China."
Xu said that in the lead-up to the November 2010 Asian Games, an education campaign would be taken into schools to help learn about cricket.
"We would like to educate students about it," he said. "We will be launching several campaigns to promote sports like cricket in communities and in schools.
"One big opportunity the Asian Games gives us is to be able to promote the exchange of cultures of different countries."
Also appearing for the first time at the Asiad are dance sport, dragon boat racing, roller sport and the ancient Chinese board game of weiqi, taking the total number of disciplines to a staggering 42, three more than in Doha 2006.
Cricket was last seen at a major multi-sport event at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, but was dropped for the next two editions in England and Australia.