MCC to play List-A and T20 in Pakistan: Details here
The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) is all set to tour Pakistan to play a few games. They would be playing three T20 games against Pakistan Super League (PSL) sides Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans, along with Pakistan's domestic champions, Northern. Besides, they would also be playing a List-A (50-over) tie against Pakistan Shaheens. Here are further details on this.
As of now, the tour is scheduled to be held between February 13-19. The tour begins with the opening T20 against Qalandars, followed by the List-A tie against Shaheens at Aitchison College, two days later. The next game is played a day later, a T20 against Northern, followed by the final T20 against Sultans. The T20 matches would be played at the Gaddafi Stadium.
Meanwhile, speaking on the tour, MCC head coach, Ajmal Shahzad, said that while this would be a momentous occasion for Pakistan, a high standard of cricket is certainly expected from either side. "The MCC squad possesses both international and extensive domestic experience which I am sure will prove strong opposition for some of Pakistan's best-emerging cricketers," he said, reports PTI.
"We hope that this tour helps contribute to the Pakistan Cricket Board's wish of seeing international teams returning to tour the country on a regular basis," Shahzad further opined and wished.
Former Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batsman and reigning MCC President, Kumar Sangakkara, would lead the MCC XI during the tour. Among the big stars in the squad, former English all-rounder Ravi Bopara, too, will grab headliners. Warwickshire's Michael Burgess, Oliver Hannon-Dalby and Will Rhodes feature in the squad. Also, Scotland's Michael Leask and Safyaan Sharif are in the 12-member squad.
MCC's 12-man squad for the tour of Pakistan: Kumar Sangakkara (captain), 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.