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The MCC World Cricket Committee has concluded its two-day meeting in Auckland - its first in New Zealand - at which a number of topical issues were discussed.
Following the meeting, the committee issued statements on the subjects that were raised, chief among them was corruption in cricket.
The committee feels more needs to be done to combat corruption in the game, urging the International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Security Unit (ICC ACSU) to do more to scrutinise owners, selectors and administrators as domestic cricket is becoming more of a target for corruption than the international game.
The committee maintained its strong support for the Decision Review System (DRS), saying it is helping protect the integrity of the game by improving the number of correct decisions per game. It also notes that the game is 'worse off' when available technology is not used, calling for universal application of available technology.
The committee will be launching investigations into the size of edges on modern bats as they consider the balance between bat and ball in the game. They support the new no ball law for a bowler breaking the stumps, as well as the switch-hit and do not feel any law change is necessary.
However, they noted that they feel that the law change banning runners could result in batsmen aggravating an injury and this is a concern. Moreover, they believe that the law on substitute fielders is being 'widely abused' at international level and an ICC playing condition should be written to correct this.
The committee believes that a World Test Championship is needed for the three formats of the game to co-exist and that it should be held every four years from 2017.
The committee also advocates Twenty20 cricket as the format to be played should cricket gain entry to the Olympic Games in 2024, although there are a number of obstacles to overcome before that happens.
It also heard from David White, Chief Executive of New Zealand Cricket and Charlotte Edwards, captain of the England Women's team, following the 2013 World Cup in India.
To view the full statement from the MCC World Committee, click here to open or download the statement as a PDF.
The MCC World Cricket Committee is an independent voice in world cricket that meets twice yearly and comprises players, officials, administrators and journalists.
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