June 8, 2009

Australian cricket

Southern hemisphere’s MCC under old attack

Peter English

The other MCC – the Melbourne Cricket Club – is facing some of the same accusations the Marylebone Cricket Club has had to deal with during its long history. Cameron Stewart reports in the Australian about claims it is an undemocratic old boys' retreat that has lost touch with the modern world.

The unprecedented internal assault on the values of the powerful 171-year-old blue-blood club is contained in a private letter to the MCC president from Colin Beames, son of Melbourne sporting icon Percy Beames. Mr Beames is a 40-year MCC member whose late father was a sporting journalist, footballer and cricketer and has a bar named after him inside the members' area of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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