MCC To Push On With Lord's Masterplan

Lord's Cricket Ground
MCC will now step up its plans to make Lord's an even better ground in the future
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The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) will press ahead with its Masterplan for redeveloping Lord's after its Main Committee won a vote to proceed without an Independent Inquiry.

A proposal by 211 of MCC's 18,000 members had asked for an Inquiry into the processes, finances and governance of the club's ground development.

The Committee asked the membership to vote against this proposal and they were backed by 79.9 per cent (6,191) of the vote while 20.1 per cent (1,556) voted in favour of the Inquiry.

The outcome means that no Independent Panel will be established and MCC will proceed with its Masterplan.

MCC President Mike Gatting said he was pleased with the outcome and now looking forward to developing the ground.

"We have seen an informed and impassioned debate over recent weeks and months, culminating tonight, and I’d like to thank everyone who contributed, whether by speaking or voting," he said.

"Few subjects exercise and interest the membership as much as how best to develop this wonderful ground of ours. That’s entirely understandable – Lord’s is one of the jewels in cricket’s crown and must be looked after for benefit of everyone who loves the game, not just now, but in the future.

"With its Masterplan for development, MCC is now excellently placed to improve the facilities at Lord’s without losing any of its unique charm. I’m delighted that the membership agree that the Club should move forward with its plans.

"We must stop looking back and unite behind the excellent team we have in place to ensure Lord’s is the world’s finest ground for years to come."

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