Lord's will host the West Indies next year after being awarded a Test match by the ECB.
The MCC Committee is pleased to announce that a Test Match between England and the West Indies will be played at Lord’s in May or June 2012. The award of a Test Match to Lord’s follows discussions and correspondence between MCC and the England and Wales Cricket Board.
The Secretary & Chief Executive of MCC, Keith Bradshaw, said: "I am personally delighted by this decision, which will be welcomed by Members of MCC, other cricket followers and, I am sure, the cricketers themselves.
"Whilst the Club supports all formats of the game, it is Test cricket which remains the pinnacle of our sport."
Reinvesting in cricket
Since their first Test tour to England in 1928, West Indies have always played a Test Match at Lord’s. The 2012 England v. West Indies Test Match at Lord’s will be the 20th contest between the two at the Home of Cricket.
MCC has been successful in securing an England v West Indies Test Match after participating in a bidding process.
Because of the size of Lord’s and the number of spectators who enjoy watching Test Matches at the Home of Cricket, MCC is able to submit attractive bids which further represent the Club’s commitment to all forms of the game.
In addition to the Club’s major match payments to the ECB – which are commercially confidential – MCC invests over £1.3m each year in promoting the sport worldwide and helping to develop future generations of talent in the UK and abroad.
The Club’s initiatives include the running of the MCC Universities programme and the Lord’s-based MCC Young Cricketers, its partnership with Chance to Shine in 4,000 state schools and a playing and touring schedule extending to 500 matches each year, against schools, clubs and representative teams.