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MCC Panel Recommends Minimum 3-Match Test Series

The World Cricket Committee (WCC) of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has recommended a minimum of three-match test series.

In this context, reference was made to the Australia v. West Indies two-match series wherein the teams were competing for theĀ Frank Worrell Trophy, with Australia winning the first Test and West Indies winning the second Test, to draw the Test series 1-1. It was remarked that the supporters were left “ruing the absence of a possible third match decider“. Hence, the Committee recommended that men’s Test series be played across a minimum of three matches from the next ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP) from 2028 onwards “in support of the thrilling Test cricket currently being played and the importance of sustaining the traditional format of the game“.

Additionally, it was recommended that the current model, which envisages touring teams bearing the cost of their travel while the revenue is retained by the host bodies based on an expectation of “quid pro quo” touring arrangements, be reconsidered and a study conducted to ascertain the impact of home teams footing the touring team costs.