The West Indies won’t be playing at Lord’s in 2012. Forget the rights and wrongs of Cardiff being the beneficiary, the issue here relates to the accessibility of live Test cricket.
Cricket matches aren’t played for the benefit of the players. They’re played for spectators. As such, it makes little sense to play half the year’s Test matches in one town, which is what would be happening were Lord’s to be given two Tests in 2012.
Something had to give. Either Lord’s got one Test or the Oval didn’t get one at all. We have no real preference, because we won’t be making a trip to either ground.
MCC are in high dudgeon about this, but as a general rule of thumb, if someone wearing a blazer is upset about a decision, it is correct.