MCC's World Cricket committee are meeting in Auckland on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 February - but what exactly is the WCC and why does it exist?
First, let's introduce the cast of cricketing legends who sit on the committee.
Mike Brearley is the current incumbent of the Chairman post, having taken over from Tony Lewis for the meeting in Cape Town earlier this year.
Many of the original members, who joined the committee for its inaugural meeting back in 2006, are still involved, while other big names - including the likes of Kumar Sangakkara and Michael Vaughan - have joined more recently.
Jimmy Adams is sitting on his first WCC meeting in Auckland.
Eight of the ICC's Full Member nations are represented on the committee.
The committee prides itself on the diversity and illustrious nature of its membership, all of whom have been involved with the game at the highest level as international cricketers, umpires or officials. You can read more about each individual by clicking on their profile on the left hand side of this page.
Formed in April 2006, the committee acts as a think tank and its remit is as follows:
To conduct research, particularly into technological advances and bio-mechanical elements of the game and its players. MCC supports this work with its increasing investment into research and development.
The aims of MCC’s World Cricket committee are:
- to debate all matters in the interests of cricket and cricketers;
- to consider at all times the balance of the contest between bat and ball and to assist MCC's custodianship of the Laws of the Game;
- to protect the Spirit of Cricket; and
- to be sure that governing body decisions never put cash or country interests before the good of the game.
Why does MCC take the time to bring together this collection esteemed individuals?
Crucially, the WCC is independent of any other organisation or governing body, and acts as a complimentary body to ICC and its constituent nations. The WCC acts entirely in the interests of cricket.
Some of the issues which the WCC has lobbied for and helped develop include:
- Pink-ball, day-night cricket
- Lobbying for the reinstatement of the correct result (England win) of the England v Pakistan Test at the Oval in 2006
- Early trialling and promotion of Decision Review System - including HawkEye technology
- Incorporation of a World Test Championship to the Future Tours Programme
- Techniques for combatting corruption - including potential use of polygraph testing
When & where?
The WCC meets twice annually. While one meeting takes place at Lord's (immediately prior to the second Test of the summer at the Home of Cricket) the second meeting takes place overseas, during the cricket season in the Southern Hemisphere.
Recent meetings have taken place in Cape Town, Perth and Delhi.