Members access restricted at Lord’s after Australia confrontation

Members access restricted at Lord’s after Australia confrontation

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has announced that it will adopt a stricter approach towards the conduct of its members and implement measures to safeguard players at Lord’s. This decision comes after the Australian team faced verbal abuse during the second Ashes test against England.

Following an incident in the Long Room during the lunch interval, three members were suspended. The incident occurred after Jonny Bairstow’s controversial stumping on the fifth day of the match, which resulted in Australia taking a 2-0 lead in the series.

According to British media reports, MCC chair Bruce Carnegie-Brown expressed his disappointment in an email sent to the club’s members, stating that the members who confronted the Australian players had brought shame upon the club.

To ensure the protection of players, MCC will enlarge the roped-off cordon used by teams as they pass through the Long Room to their dressing rooms. Additionally, members’ access in and around the stairwells will be restricted when teams are entering or exiting the pitch. Carnegie-Brown emphasized that during these periods, members will be required to wait on the ground floor or top floor level, with no access to the staircases.

These new measures will be implemented for the Twenty20 International match of the Women’s Ashes series and will remain in effect for the rest of the 2023 season. MCC’s committee will then conduct a review of the pavilion protocols.

Carnegie-Brown further stated that the club will adopt a tougher stance on the overall behavior of its members. He expects members not only to comply with the instructions of the stewards but also to hold each other accountable for their behavior.

Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Hyderabad; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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