Lord's in talks over NZ Test switch
- From the section Cricket
New Marylebone Cricket Club chief executive Derek Brewer has confirmed that the club is in talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to stage a second Test next summer, as well as the scheduled Ashes Test against Australia, two months after Glamorgan revealed that they were in discussions with the ECB over a potential swap of Cardiff's Test against New Zealand for five ICC Champions Trophy games.
In his first broadcast interview since taking on his MCC role a fortnight ago, the former Nottinghamshire chief executive also says the club has drawn a line under the series of rows over plans for the future redevelopment of Lord's, which led former Prime Minister Sir John Major to resign from the MCC committee.
Brewer insisted that any discussion about re-engaging with Major was "for the chairman and the committee", and added that he was "not especially interested in the past".
He concedes that no ground has a "right" to stage two Tests per summer, but feels Lord's should do so when there are two touring sides - and it is up to the "Home of Cricket" to put in a strong enough bid to secure two Tests.
As well as owning Lord's, which stages England's first Test of the summer against West Indies beginning on Thursday, MCC remains the guardian of the laws and the spirit of cricket.
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