The Home of Cricket remains the venue where all cricketers, regardless of the level of cricket they play, want to save their very best day for. There is an allure for all cricket lovers to come to Lord’s and for cricketers, the opportunity to play on the Main Ground remains the stuff of dreams.
The world's finest cricket club is one which promotes meritocracy and assists the growth of a game for all through its fixtures.
MCC undertook a review of existing Lord’s fixtures in October 2021, in order to establish the maximum possible days of cricket on the Main Ground, without compromising the preparation of the best possible pitches for major matches.
In careful consideration of a number of factors including the overlay of fixtures from recent full seasons, the ideal preparation time required for world-class playing surfaces and the balance of both major and non-major match fixture days, it was decided that planned match days should be restricted to 60, at least for the time being.
MCC's desire to host two Test matches and an ODI each season, the long-established partnership with Middlesex County Cricket Club and commitment to hosting The Hundred competition (including the final in 2021 and 2022), has meant as manyas 45 days can be absorbed by international, first- class and List A matches.
The success of The Hundred and general increased interest in women’s international cricket has seen both MCC and the ECB keen to return England Women to Lord’s, which has led to an ODI against India in September 2022. That leaves 10-15 available days for other matches. Given competing priorities, the following have been ratified as general principles against which the relevance of a fixture request for Lord’s could be assessed:
• More “Finals-Day” matches, creating “the Road to Lord’s” in current or new competitions
• Greater diversity of teams.
• More playing opportunities for female cricketers.
• More playing opportunities for junior cricketers.
• Cricket for MCC Playing Members (male and female) on the Main Ground.
Advancements have been made across all categories for the 2022 season fixtures, with a commitment to take further steps across 2023 and 2024.