MCC news June 10, 2010

Sourav Ganguly and Brian Lara line up for MCC

Cricinfo staff

Sourav Ganguly will captain an MCC team that includes Brian Lara against Pakistan at Lord's on June 27. The match marks the start of Pakistan's tour of England, and is part of the MCC's sponsorship of the neutral series against Australia under the Spirit of Cricket banner.

It will be the first time the MCC has played a Twenty20 match at Lord's and the team also includes Chaminda Vass, who is currently playing for Northamptonshire, Ian Harvey and Victoria batsman Aiden Blizzard. Glenn Querl, an MCC Young Cricketer, who has played for the Unicorns in the CB40 this season is also included.

"MCC is delighted to welcome to Lord's a Pakistani side who have a proven track record in Twenty20 cricket," John Stephenson, MCC's head of cricket, said. "Shahid Afridi's men will face an exciting MCC team comprising world class performers and up-and-coming talent.

"Brian Lara is one of the finest batsmen to have ever played the game and Sourav Ganguly is a world-leading Twenty20 cricketer. The match will provide spectators with a fantastic opportunity to see wonderful cricket and great cricketers."

Pakistan's tour includes two Twenty20 internationals and two Tests against Australia before they face England in four Tests, two Twenty20s and five ODIs.

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  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    Just amazing that Dada is back at Lords and a refreshing change to watching the England World XI performing! Hope that the series as a whole is well supported as the Pakistanis have had so much to put up with. Will be good to see Lara again but it is the Great One of Kolkata that I am looking forward to seeing.

  • Appaji on June 14, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    Whether Lara is 41 or 50, it doesn't matter. Any cricket lover would love to watch him bat. I am really excited about watching Lara on field.

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2010, 14:59 GMT


  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    The June 27 appearance, incidentally, will be Sourav's third for the MCC. The earlier ones were in the Diana Memorial game (versus Rest of World), in 1998, and the Tsunami Relief match, against an International XI, five years ago.

    Both were 50-over fixtures and Sourav scored 14 on each occasion.

    The MCC XI lost to Rest of World, but beat the International XI. The captaincy had been in the hands of Mike Atherton and Stephen Fleming, respectively.

    However, unlike in 1998 and in 2005, there's no charity connection this time.

  • Dummy4 on June 11, 2010, 12:17 GMT

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  • Dummy4 on June 11, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    @ Sathyha Well, Sachin played for the MCC not ROI.. Chanderpaul played for ROI and scored a century

  • Dummy4 on June 11, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    I remember watching a MCC XI V/s Rest of World XI game on 18th July 1998. MikeAtherton led the MCC XI comprising of Greats like, Mohd.Azharuddin,G.Mcgrath,A.Donald,A.Kumble,J.Srinath,I.Healy etc.& not to forget "Dada" (Ganguly) too played in middle order. Rest of World XI led by Sachin Tendulkar comprised greats like, S.Jayasuriya,Aravinda-De-Silva,Wasim Akram,Chris Cairns,Saeed Anwar,A.Flower,I.Bishop etc. It was a real treat to watch the game as Sachin scored a hundred & ROW won by 6 wickets. I feel that MCC should organise matches whenever a foreign team tours England. Cheers to MCC for organising this game against Pakistan.

  • Soumitra on June 11, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    I will be surely there to watch this match...only n only for ganguly...Dada rocksssssssssssssssssssss!!

    For those comments:::::::::::::: Ganguly may not have played World T20 matches but he has got a good record at domestic T20 in IPL...Check the records if you want to...And that too after retirement when the current players are struggling!!If you hate him it's fine but don't humiliate him in public forum. He has been a fantastic servant of Indian Cricket...A living legend....

  • Dummy4 on June 11, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    I think many people dont know that Sourav Ganguly had excellent T20 bowling record during his county stint when he was out of Indian side during Chapel era.

    And now he has shown his skill with the willow in the IPL too.

    So, surely he can be called 'world-leading'.

  • manish on June 11, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    nice thing..lukin forward for d match..even if it figures mostly ol' n spoiled horses.. ;)

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