MCC news June 16, 2010

Hassan and Nabi included in MCC team

Cricinfo staff

Hamid Hassan, who was the first Afghan cricketer to play at Lord's when he spent time on the MCC Young Cricketers staff in 2007, has been included in the MCC side to play Pakistan in a Twenty20 game at the ground on June 27. Mohammad Nabi, his Afghanistan teammate and another former MCC Young Cricketer, is also part of the side.

MCC has had a strong association with Afghanistan cricket since 2006, when a team led by Mike Gatting lost to Afghanistan in Mumbai. Former England allrounder and army officer Matthew Fleming, who sits on the MCC Committee, has twice been to Afghanistan to lead MCC's efforts - alongside the charity Afghan Connection - to encourage Afghan children to play cricket.

As a result, MCC Spirit of Cricket camps have been attended by hundreds of children throughout the country. In addition, MCC and Afghan Connection have instigated a cricket-pitch building programme in schools.

The team which will play MCC's first ever Twenty20 game at Lord's has an international flavour to it, with Chris Harris, the former New Zealand allrounder, and South African Tyron Henderson, who played a major part in Middlesex's victorious Twenty20 Cup campaign in 2008, also confirmed. Middlesex's John Simpson, yet another MCC Young Cricketer, will keep wicket.

Brian Lara will make his first appearance in an MCC side in the game, with Sourav Ganguly set to captain and Chaminda Vaas, who is currently playing for Northamptonshire, Ian Harvey, Victoria batsman Aiden Blizzard and Glenn Querl, an MCC Young Cricketer who has played for the Unicorns in the CB40 this season, also part of the line-up.

MCC Twenty20 team: Sourav Ganguly (capt), Aiden Blizzard, Brian Lara, Ian Harvey, Mohammad Nabi, Tyron Henderson, Chris Harris, John Simpson (wk), Glenn Querl, Chaminda Vaas, Hamid Hassan

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  • Dummy4 on June 23, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    afghani player hamid hassan has be very careful against pakistan i wish he afghani player

  • Ahmed on June 23, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    This is great news for Afghanistan. I am from Pakistan but will be delighted to buck these two heroes from Afghanistan to do well, Inshallah. After all, these two and other brave Afghans learnt the game while living in Pakistan and we all Pakistanis will be proudly watching and praying for them.

  • Aziz on June 22, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    Mohamad Nabi and Hamid Hassan will play very good inshallah. they prove there ability in T20 WC against India and SA.

    All the best Nabi and Hamid.

  • Nomyalai on June 21, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    Great news to see Hamid and Nabi with MCC, I am sure they would show their talent. This is their first successful step towards flourishing their international career. I am sure they will also be considered for IPL, inshallah.

  • Hashmat668 on June 21, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    Wow it is very good news for the national team of Afghanistan and for the great players like Hamid & Nabi I am sure they both will do something Brilliant for the Team M CC, Specially i am much sure that Hamid can take some Unbelievable Wickets maybe he take one in his first Over. we have to be really proud of Blue Tigers...go go and Rock the WORLD...Hamid is our BEST HE CAN DO IT.

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    Hello to all cricket lovers that is very good news that our Heros taking part in this kind of games wish them good luck.

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Hameed will do something... diffrent..May ALLAH help you in every satge of your life. AMEEEN

  • Dummy4 on June 18, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    Hamid and Nabi, they are our pride.. We wish you success and luck!

  • Dummy4 on June 17, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    @NisarAhmed. Are you out of your mind? He's better than most Pakistani bowlers? Give him credit but dont make him up to be the incredible hulk. The world renowned Pakistani bowlers of late include the likes of Wasim, Waqar, Imran, Aqib, Shoaib, Gul, Aamer, Asif, Naved, which one is he better than???????? Maybe better than Rao Iftikhar or Sajid Mahmood (Eng).... if even that... Please refrain from putting your own foot in your mouth

  • Dummy4 on June 17, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Hameed is our local super star! He will rock for MCC, and dismiss all Pakistani players! Hameed is better bowler than most Pakistani fast Bowlers. Keep it up Hameed and MCC!

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