Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) is all set to tour Pakistan in the upcoming month. The club will play against HBLPSL teams: Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans. The club will also face domestic tournament “National T20 Cup” winners “Northern” and also “Pakistan Shaheens” during their tour.
Former Sri Lanka star cricketer, Kumar Sangakarra will be leading the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in their matches in Lahore, starting from February 13 to February 19.
Wasim Khan, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) CEO said: “I can’t emphasize enough on the importance of the MCC’s tour to Pakistan, which will be their first in 48 years. The fact that the MCC side will be led by their president and one of the most respected cricketers, Kumar Sangakkara, reflects how the world’s oldest and most influential clubs, who are also the guardians of the Laws of Cricket, are viewing this tour.
“The MCC’s tour of Pakistan is part of our sincere efforts and endeavors to resume regular and normal international cricket activities. Sri Lanka played a full series, while Bangladesh has just completed white-ball matches and is scheduled to return for the two Tests and an ODI. Similarly, recent visits by Cricket Australia, England and Wales Cricket Board, Cricket Ireland and the International Cricket Council officials are a testament of our untiring efforts.”
MCC’s assistant secretary John Stephenson said: “We are thrilled to be able to name a strong squad for this tour, which blends youth and experience for a strong side of high quality.
“We have really appreciated the collaborative approach from the Pakistan Cricket Board and the Pakistan Super League, which has enabled us to arrange fixtures against sides preparing for this year’s PSL tournament as well as to secure the services of some of those participating.
“As a club, we share the PCB’s wish in wanting to see international teams returning to play in Pakistan on a regular basis and we hope that this tour contributes to those objectives.”
Each of the English cricketers: Liam Dawson, Samit Patel, and Phil Salt will play one match for MCC during their tour.
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MCC Squad: Kumar Sangakkara (C), Ravi Bopara, Michael Burgess, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Fred Klaassen, Michael Leask, Arron Lilley, Imran Qayyum, Will Rhodes, Safyaan Sharif, Roelof van der Merwe, Ross Whiteley
Pakistan Shaheens: Saud Shakeel (C), Akif Javed, Haider Ali, Hasan Mohsin, Imran Rafiq, Mohammad Mohsin, Omair Bin Yousuf, Rohail Nazir (WK), Saif Badar, Sameen Gul, Umar Khan, Zeeshan Malik.
Northern: Rohail Nazir (C, WK), Faizan Riaz, Ali Imran, Haider Ali, Mubashir Khan, Musa Khan, Nauman Ali, Sarmad Bhatti, Shahzad Azam, Shiraz Khan, Zaid Alam, Zeeshan Malik.