MCC news October 18, 2013

Lord's Masterplan remains on course

ESPNcricinfo staff

The MCC's Masterplan for the redevelopment of Lord's remains on course after members rejected a motion for an independent inquiry into the processes, finances and governance of the club's ground development.

The club's main committee had asked the membership to vote against the resolution proposed by the MCC Reform Group - a disaffected faction of members - and it was duly rejected by 6,191 votes to 1,556 at a special general meeting.

The committee argued an inquiry would merely delay the development of Lord's - expected to take 15 years - which is necessary as the club bids for future international matches. The bidding for matches from 2017-19 begins in the new year.

New MCC president Mike Gatting called on the club to move forward. "Few subjects exercise and interest the membership as much as how best to develop this wonderful ground of ours," Gatting said. "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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  • Richard on October 18, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    It's certainly good to have seen off the mischief-making minority of members who wanted tower blocks built on the Nursery ground in return for £100m cash, but MCC's new 'Masterplan' involves spending £200million and increasing the capacity of Lord's by only 2,700. It includes many important peripheral developments for catering / staff etc and is very well presented but fails to address the biggest single problem of there not being enough seats for the big matches. And MCC have not said that the few additional seats won't be for the corporate snouts and undeserving flashers of the most cash. MCC's constant bleating that we 'must move forward / stop looking back and unite' stems from them trying to hide the vast sums wasted on not yet getting this project moving. They admit to £3million, others reckon it's much more. The committee men neither have to queue from dawn like members, nor miss out in ticket ballots like the public (and members) for big games so they just don't understand.

  • Naveed on October 18, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    more development... will that lead to cheaper tickets?

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