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MCC’s World Cricket Committee will meet in Perth ahead of the third Test between England and Australia on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 December.
The meeting will take place in the Sheraton Hotel with the governance of the game, cricket in Pakistan, and the Future Tours Programme among the topics on the agenda.
Other matters up for discussion include the glass ceiling for Associate nations such as Ireland and Afghanistan.
Nineteen former and current cricketers and officials from across the world - including Mike Atherton, Courtney Walsh and Rahul Dravid - sit on the Committee, chaired by Tony Lewis.
Former ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed will introduce a discussion on the governance of the worldwide game.
Pakistani Committee Member Majid Khan will update fellow Members on the state of cricket in his country, as MCC debates its future role and the next steps to be taken.
Mike Brearley, who also sits on the ICC’s Pakistan Task Force, will present his latest findings.
The idea of an ICC World Test Championship, long championed by the Committee, will be discussed as part of the Future Tours Programme discussion as will potential fixture congestion.
Other matters up for discussion include: the format of the MCC v Champion County fixture in Abu Dhabi in 2011; and the use of technology in the game.
Australian representatives Steve Waugh and Tony Dodemaide will update the Committee on split-innings cricket - currently being trialed Down Under.
Also on the agenda are the problems facing the Indian Premier League and its impact on cricket around the world.
The MCC World Cricket Committee has met twice a year since its inception in 2006, with previous meetings hosted in Cape Town, Delhi and Dubai, as well as at Lord’s.
The Committee’s debates and decisions are solely made in the interest of cricket and cricketers and Membership is voluntary and unpaid.
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.