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Warne joins MCC World Cricket Committee

by Wisden Staff 1 minute read

Shane Warne has joined the MCC’s World Cricket Committee.

The great leg-spinner has replaced Rod Marsh on the committee, which meets twice a year to discuss issues in the game and aims to act as an independent voice in world cricket with the credibility to lobby the ICC.

Warne said: “It is an honour to have been asked to be a member of the MCC World Cricket committee. It is an extremely exciting time for cricket and I hope that I will have plenty to offer in discussion and debate. I look forward to contributing to the work of the committee.”

Mike Gatting, chairman of the MCC World Cricket committee, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Shane on to the committee. Obviously his profile in the world game is as big as they come and with his extensive experience, I am sure he will offer great insights into many different facets of the game.

“I’d also like to pay tribute to Rod Marsh, who leaves the committee after six years. He has provided valuable contributions across a variety of areas and we thank him for his efforts.”

One of the key outcomes of the MCC World Cricket committee’s last meeting, which was held at Lord’s in August, included the suggestion that pace of play needs further scrutiny, with the idea of adopting a “shot clock” to help speed up play.

Since it was formed in 2006, the MCC World Cricket committee has made recommendations which have resulted in the introduction of pink ball day/night cricket in the Test match arena, the universal adoption of DRS across the international game, and a limit placed on the size of bats to help the balance between bat and ball.

The committee is currently made up of Ramiz Raja, Sourav Ganguly, Tim May, Vintcent Van der Bijl, John Stephenson, Rod Marsh, Shakib Al Hasan, Brendon McCullum, Kumar Sangakkara, Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Ian Bishop , Kumar Dharmasena and Suzie Bates.

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