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MCC statement regarding duration of Test matches

Posted: 14 January 2020

MCC has noted the recent discussion regarding the future of Test cricket and the ICC’s desire to debate the introduction of four-day Test cricket to replace the current five-day format in the World Test Championship from 2023.

The MCC Cricket committee and MCC World Cricket committee have recently discussed the issue and although they can see some benefits that four-day Test cricket could bring, both committees believe that Test cricket should continue to be played over five days.

England celebrate a wicket on Day Five versus Australia at Lord's

Established in 2006, the MCC World Cricket committee is an independent body, funded and administered by MCC and reports to the MCC committee.

Its members have all been involved in international cricket at an elite level.

The committee has a remit to act as an independent think tank, debating issues and making recommendations about the health and state of the game.

The committee meets twice yearly, including once at Lord’s, the home of MCC. The next meeting takes place in Sri Lanka in March.

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