Waugh, Richards and Brearley all have their say …
The MCC World Cricket Committee have met in Auckland, with DRS, corruption in the game and new technological advances all on the agenda.
“Corruption (is) without a doubt one of the most important issues for everybody to grapple with,” said one-time South Africa batsmen Barry Richards.
“But it’s not just us at the MCC – it’s the ICC and everybody involved. Players can take a big role in it. You ought to be talking to the captains. And, yes, (it is a) massive issue and something that has got to be on the agenda, if not, at the top of the agenda all the time.”
Meanwhile, ex-Australia skipper Steve Waugh said: “I think a World Test Championship would be fantastic for Test cricket and all cricketers would embrace that. You really want to know who the best team in the world is – a lot of times you sort of get a feel for that but if there’s some definitive outcome and there’s an actual final for the best team in world cricket then that would really add value to all Test cricket playing nations.
“You could actually say you are definitely the best team in the world. And it is something to aspire to. Even the teams down at 6, 7 and 8 – it’s a real carrot to dangle for those teams to try and improve and to get up the ladder.”
And Mike Brearley, the MCC World Cricket Committee Chairman, added: “And I think personally that we have gone beyond the stage now of thinking that technology is only to get rid of the howlers.
“Because actually the discriminations that you can make with the aid of technology are so fine and so accurate that if the thing is all set up properly, and with that caveat, and so reliable that actually one can just get a higher and higher percentage of decisions right. And I think that is very good for the integrity of the game.”