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The Future of Test Cricket
#41
In principle I would agree with a cricket ground with a retractable roof, but I would like to see the default position being the roof open,  closing it when bad weather hits.

Looking at the Ethiad Stadium in Melbourne, the roof can be closed in under 8 minutes so it isn't like much time would be lost closing the roof should the rain threaten.

The crucial question, inevitably, is who pays for it? I cant see how a fully enclosed, retractable roof could be added to any of the current Test grounds in England without considerable redevelopment (And therefore investment) and have we really got the capacity for another international standard ground?
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#42
I agree - default position would be the roof open, as at Wimbledon.
We can't undo the past; but if you added together all the money spent developing too many grounds for international cricket and put it towards a purpose-built ground, you would have your stadium with a roof.
Meanwhile, maybe the MCC has the answer:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cricket...2-5bn.html
"Around £1bn could then be spent on building an all-purpose, 45,000-seat ground with a retractable roof, with £1bn left to distribute among the MCC's 18,000 members, who would each receive around £50,000."
I don't think it will happen; but you never know.
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#43
By the time they'd paid all the lawyers and consultants that would get their snouts in the trough they would probably be lucky to afford an acre of Hackney marshes. And an umbrella.
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#44
The end of useless tossers? ECB supports plans to do away with the toss in Test Matches...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/44176355

I particularly like the line "We are looking at ways of reducing home advantage In Tests" obviously the idea longer tours with more warm up games has passed them by!
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#45
A chance to express views on the future of Test cricket:
https://www.lords.org/news/2018/august/m...t-cricket/
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#46
Done it. But why, when asking multi choice questions do they limit the answers to just 3?. They managed to avoid views on TV coverage so I used the final question to get that one in!! Why do I have to chose which I prefer between Test cricket and Domestic T20 when I want to say I like both!!!
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#47
There was no opportunity to say that I like domestic first-class cricket.
But at least someone wants to know what I think, so well done to the MCC World Cricket Committee.
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#48
Yes, a bit disconcerting to find that the only domestic competition that they think anyone would be interested in is T20. Even so this is a better designed questionnaire than the ones the ECB have been floating in recent years so thanks for asking, at least.

My comments were along the lines that there's nothing about Test cricket that needs fixing. That view might be reasonably well supported in England but I suspect they will get a very different view in other parts of the world.
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#49
The fixes I mentioned were the slow over rate and the price coupled with a guarantee of only 25 overs. Also felt tests need to start on Thursdays or Fridays to ensure full value at weekend. Also said I felt there was no interest in a league table that will take years to complete.
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(05-08-2018, 10:35 AM)Leicester Exile Wrote: The fixes I mentioned were the slow over rate and the price coupled with a guarantee of only 25 overs. Also felt tests need to start on Thursdays or Fridays to ensure full value at weekend. Also said I felt there was no interest in a league table that will take years to complete.
I totally agree. In order for the ECB and other assorted cricket boards to want to have people watch Tests, they have to look at reasons why some don't - paying good money to watch teams fail to bowl 15 overs an hour is not good value. Weekend play in any form of cricket is also a must.
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#51
I suspect that, at least amongst UK cricket fans, those same issues will come up time and again.
It will then be a case of, firstly, whether the MCC's World Cricket Committee takes note and, just as importantly, whether the ICC takes any notice of the MCC's World Cricket Committee.
Current members of the committee are:
https://www.lords.org/mcc/the-club/world...e-members/
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