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    WCC expresses support in seeing return of touring sides to Pakistan; MCC to consider touring

    THE MCC WORLD CRICKET COMMITTEE MET AT LORD’S CRICKET GROUND ON SUNDAY 11TH AND MONDAY 12TH AUGUST 2019.

    The main outcomes of the meeting are as follows:

    TEST CRICKET

    The MCC World Cricket committee (WCC) discussed the state, and future, of Test cricket, which according to MCC’s Test Cricket survey in 2018/19 is still considered the pinnacle of the sport.

    With the start of the ICC World Test Championship, the WCC is pleased to see it come to fruition as the committee has been supportive of the idea for many years. Over the course of this month, six teams will play their first fixtures and the league table will be starting to take shape. As the tournament develops, the WCC felt it was important that it is marketed well and audiences are educated around the new system and are excited about the way the ICC World Test Championship works, which gives context to the fixtures that take place around the world and throughout the year.

    ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney, who presented to the World Cricket committee said:

    “We are committed to ensuring all formats of the game are healthy and vibrant for the long term and that includes Test cricket.

    "The World Test Championship provides relevance and context for the longest format of the sport and this is an ideal platform for fans to engage with bilateral Test cricket over two years culminating in the World Test Championship Final.”

    CRICKET AT THE OLYMPIC AND COMMONWEALTH GAMES

    The WCC is pleased to see that Women’s T20 Cricket is likely to be included at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, having supported this in their last meeting in March.

    Cricket’s inclusion was approved by the Commonwealth Games Federation executive in June and the result of the vote by the 71 member associations is expected imminently.

    This is a hugely exciting opportunity to grow the women’s game and with matches taking place at Edgbaston – a venue with a strong cricketing fan base – the WCC expects there to be big crowds for the fixtures.

    Cricket is also due to return to the Asian Games at Hangzhou 2022, likely again to be in T20 format. The WCC is excited to see cricket being introduced to, and gaining popularity in, new destinations. Including cricket at Hangzhou 2022 is the perfect opportunity to showcase the sport to the market in China.

    There is still much to be done if cricket is to be included in the Olympics, with Los Angeles 2028 the earliest likely opportunity and the ICC continuing to work internally to align cricket to pursue the sport's Olympic ambitions.School children play cricket at Birmingham 2022 launch.

    CRICKET IN PAKISTAN

    The WCC expressed its support in seeing the return of touring sides to Pakistan. Wasim Khan, the Managing Director of the Pakistan Cricket Board, was in attendance to present on cricket, the current security and political state in Pakistan. The committee discussed the conditions which would enable touring sides to return, with security analysis being a prerequisite. MCC will consider touring in the future.

    CRICKET IN SRI LANKA


    The WCC is looking forward to the England tour to Sri Lanka scheduled for March 2020.

    Kumar Sangakkara, who is also President Designate of MCC, said:

    “It is hugely important to support cricket in countries such as Sri Lanka, which is rebuilding following the tragic events on Easter Sunday. Cricket has the power to unite a country and the England tour will give fans a big moment to celebrate.

    "It is a beautiful country to visit, and one of the best cricketing destinations in the world. The impact on the country as a whole, both socially and economically, will be immense. It has been good to welcome Bangladesh, Pakistan and New Zealand, who have toured recently.”

    The WCC intends to hold its next meeting in Sri Lanka in March 2020.

    CRICKET BALLS

    Dukes and Kookaburra both presented at the meeting.

    As part of its role, the WCC monitors the balance between bat and ball. The WCC was heartened to hear of the ongoing research and development by both companies to improve the performance of cricket balls in all conditions.Kookaburra cricket ball

    LAWS OF CRICKET:

    PACE OF PLAY


    The WCC renewed its calls for measures aimed at speeding up play to be introduced. A number of suggestions, including a countdown clock between overs and at the fall of wickets, were made after the previous meeting and the committee thinks these still are viable options. The committee noted the ICC’s steps to stop suspensions of the captains and to fine all the players more, as well as deduct points from the World Test Championship. The committee feels, however, that in-match five-run penalties would be the best deterrent to slow over rates. At Decision Review System referrals, attempts should be made to cut short any review as soon as it is known to be not out and, when the on-field decision is not out, fielders should return to their positions during the review, in readiness for the next ball, and no drinks should be brought onto the field.

    OVERTHROWS

    The WCC discussed Law 19.8 in relation to overthrows, in the context of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Final. WCC felt that the Law was clear but the matter will be reviewed by the Laws sub-committee in September 2019.

    CONCUSSION REPLACEMENTS

    The WCC welcomes the ICC’s introduction of replacements for players suffering from concussion. It is a positive step for the welfare of the players, particularly for this type of injury, which is serious but which often cannot be self-diagnosed.

    AUTOMATED CALLING OF NO BALLS

    The WCC welcomes the ICC’s recent announcement of further trials into the automated calling of No balls. It is something the committee has called for over recent years.

    The committee also suggested that ball-tracking software should be used to help on-field umpires judge No balls over waist height and Wides over the batsman’s head. Such calls often prove to be difficult for umpires but would be relatively straightforward for technology to assist with.

    WCC MEMBERS

    Mike Gatting (Chairman), John Stephenson (MCC Head of Cricket). Shakib Al Hasan, Suzie Bates, Kumar Dharmasena, Sourav Ganguly, Tim May, Brendon McCullum, Ricky Ponting, Ramiz Raja, Kumar Sangakkara, Vince van der Bijl and Shane Warne.

    ABOUT THE MCC WORLD CRICKET COMMITTEE

    The MCC World Cricket committee is funded and administered by MCC and reports to the MCC Committee. However, it is, and was set up to be, an independent body. Its members, all of whom have been involved in international cricket at the top level, come from many different countries. Each person is there in his or her own right, not as a representative of other bodies.

    The MCC World Cricket committee is an independent voice in world cricket, free from considerations of politics, money and race. It meets twice yearly. The committee’s debates and decisions are made solely in the interest of cricket and its players.

    The committee is empowered to conduct research, particularly into technological advances and bio-mechanical elements of the game. MCC funds this work as part of its commitment to develop cricket worldwide. Every member of MCC’s World Cricket committee has up-to-date experience of cricket currently played at the professional level. Membership of the committee is voluntary and unpaid.

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    Hoping Sanga can pull some strings as MCC President, at least on the Sri Lankan side.

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    So Cricket in Olympics still a pipe dream


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    I hope to see in my lifetime when Pakistan will be hosting another WC.


    How I wish it becomes the 2031 WC...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mueez View Post
    I hope to see in my lifetime when Pakistan will be hosting another WC.


    How I wish it becomes the 2031 WC...
    Its actually more realistic you think.I think we might even host an icc tournament much earlier than 2031,in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by szundercover View Post
    Its actually more realistic you think.I think we might even host an icc tournament much earlier than 2031,in my opinion.
    I hope so.

    Our first step should be to play a full series in Pakistan.

    After that hosting the Asia Cup and then we can talk about a T20 WC or ODI WC.

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    Some interesting comments on no-ball call automation - huge advance if this happens.


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    i hope we see likes of Eng / NZ / Aus / SA come in and play full series in near future...

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    “I am very, very confident that we will have an MCC team touring us in the near future" : Wasim Khan

    PCB MD Wasim Khan confident of an MCC team visiting Pakistan

    • Wasim Khan makes presentation to the prestigious World Cricket Committee on country’s current security, along with what impact playing no international cricket here has had and what can be done to restore it

    • This is the first instance a PCB representative was invited by the World Cricket Committee since it came into existence in 2006.

    • “We will work very closely with the MCC to make sure an MCC team’s tour happens,” says Wasim

    Lahore, 14 August 2019:

    Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Managing Director Wasim Khan on Wednesday said his meeting with the Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) World Cricket Committee was a positive one and expressed his confidence that an MCC team will tour the country in the near future.

    Wasim was invited by the prestigious body earlier this week for a briefing on the current state of affairs in Pakistan cricket and how it can play a role in the full restoration of international cricket in the country.

    Speaking at the flag hoisting ceremony at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore, Wasim said: “It was a very positive meeting with the MCC. Shane Warne, Kumar Sangakkara and Mike Getting, the chair of the committee, were present there. They wanted me to present on the current security in the country, along with what impact playing no international cricket here has had and what can be done to restore it.

    “I am very, very confident that we will have an MCC team touring us in the near future. But, there are some matters related to security that need to be covered before they send their team. We will work very closely with the MCC to make sure the tour happens.”

    This went down as the first instance a PCB representative was invited by the World Cricket Committee since it came into existence in 2006. The meeting provides a major boost to the PCB’s efforts to bring back the international cricket in the country.

    Pakistan have had a high-powered security delegation from Sri Lanka Cricket tour them earlier this month. The four-member delegation visited Karachi’s National Stadium and Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, the two venues which the PCB had presented their Sri Lankan counterparts as the possible hosts for the two Tests between the two countries in October this year.

    High-profile delegations from Cricket Australia and English and Wales Cricket Board will also tour Pakistan in September and October respectively to observe the on-ground situation in the country, which is a result of the PCB’s arduous behind the scenes work.

    After the meeting, the MCC in a media release said: “The WCC expressed its support in seeing the return of touring sides to Pakistan. Wasim Khan, the Managing Director of the Pakistan Cricket Board, was in attendance to present on cricket, the current security and political state in Pakistan. The committee discussed the conditions which would enable touring sides to return, with security analysis being a prerequisite. MCC will consider touring in the future.”

    Wasim also wished a very happy independence day to the nation on behalf of the PCB.


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    Love Wasim's enthusiasm - doing great justice to his position


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    Quotes from his talk with media

    "We had a very positive meeting with the MCC - Shane Warne, Kumar Sangakkara were there and Mike Gatting was chairing the meeting"

    "They wanted me to present on the PCB's current security in the country, what impact it has had on not playing cricket in the country, and moving forward, how important it is to have [international] cricket in the country"

    "So, it was a very good positive presentation and went down very very well, Inshallah I am very very confident that in the near future a MCC team will tour but clearly there are a lot of safety and security issues they want to make sure are covered before even they think about sending a team"

    "So, we are going to work very closely with the MCC to make sure that that happens"


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    Wasim Khan doing his best for Pakistan and after a long time we have someone at the helm who the other boards can believe and work with - hope his hard work pays off.


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