Friday, November 6, 2009

ICC & MCC Discuss Landscape Of The Game

Representatives of the ICC Cricket Committee and the MCC World Cricket Committee have concluded a workshop in Dubai where they discussed the landscape of the game.

The two parties came together to discuss ways in which both Test and One-Day International cricket could be enhanced, agreeing that the five-day game must remain as the pinnacle of the sport.

Enhancements for Test cricket such as a world championship, the use of different coloured balls and day/night matches were discussed.

It was accepted that international cricket can and should sustain all three formats of the game but that the balance between bat and ball in ODI cricket should be considered.

“It was a very productive and interesting meeting held in a good spirit of cooperation,” Clive Lloyd, the Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee commented.

“The MCC has some great cricketing minds on its committee, people with a huge amount to offer the game. And so do we at the ICC. It was fascinating to hear those views expressed in such a positive and engaging forum as this,” said Mr Lloyd.

MCC World Cricket Committee Chairman Tony Lewis added: “I want to thank the ICC for the invitation to meet in this way. Some of the many things we at the MCC have worked on over the past 12 months – such as a Test match championship, umpire referrals and research into pink balls – we were able to share and express our opinions. It has been an excellent, rewarding workshop that has produced some good ideas.”

Observations from the meeting will now be presented to the ICC Chief Executives' Meeting in Dubai from 30th November to 1st December.

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