KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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MCC intends to host the traditional season curtain raiser against the champion county, Nottinghamshire, under floodlights in Abu Dhabi for a second consecutive season.
The Club is exploring the possibility of playing the four-day, First Class fixture with a white ball and with players dressed in subtle pastel coloured clothing.
The match could take place, subject to MCC Committee approval at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, which held its first Test match this month between Pakistan and South Africa.
MCC has entered into discussions with Nottinghamshire, who sealed a thrilling final day County Championship victory in 2010, who are receptive to the idea.
This season will see the ‘Generation 3' Kookaburra ball trialed after a successful experiment with the pink Dukes ball in 2010.
The experiment is part of the MCC World Cricket Committee's work to promote and preserve the popularity of Test cricket around the world.
The Committee has called for research in this area, which may one day lead to day/night Test matches being played, particularly in countries where attendances for Tests are decreasing.
ICC has indicated day/night Tests in non-whites are an option. With both this and its research and development remit for the world game, MCC has decided to explore the white ball option.
John Stephenson, MCC Head of Cricket, is currently speaking to clothing manufacturers to look at potential options.
Pink still an option
MCC’s pink ball trials will continue. The Club believes it works, and was very pleased with the initial trial at Abu Dhabi in April.
Both MCC and ECB will continue to use the ball in a variety of matches and competitions in 2011.
It feels though that it can best help world cricket, and ICC Member Boards, by giving the ‘Generation 3' Kookaburra ball a thorough trial.