After playing ODI and T20I bilateral series against West Indies in the Caribbean, Afghanistan Cricket Team will be travelling to England to play against Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) at the iconic stadium of Lord’s on July 11. This will be a 50-over match at the Home of Cricket and the match will commence on the pitch used for England and South Africa clash during the Test series, which will start from July 6. The MCC side will be led by former New Zealand captain and wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum. This will be the first occasion of the Afghanistan team playing at Lord’s.
MCC’s last such match was played against Nepal last year on the same date, which witnessed a crowd of nearly 60,000 at the venue. Afghanistan’s star players Mohammad Nabi and Hamid Hassan were both part of MCC Young Cricketers Program. Matthew Fleming, the MCC President, had himself travelled to Jalalabad in May 2009 to look after the first coaching camp held under the aegis of MCC Spirit of Cricket.
Fleming sounded very thrilled with the news of MCC playing against Afghanistan in this July and said, “I am thrilled that we will be welcoming Afghanistan to Lord’s this summer. I have seen first-hand the talent and passion for cricket the nation has, and this fixture can only be a good thing for the ongoing development of Afghan cricket. It is the latest landmark on a very exciting journey for Afghan cricket, and MCC will need to field an extremely strong side in order to compete.”
“We are delighted therefore that Brendon McCullum will captain MCC, as he will ensure the match is both competitive and exciting, played in the very best spirit. The whole Club looks forward to what we know will be a wonderful and historic day,” added Fleming.