Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ganguly and Lara to star for MCC against Pakistan

London: Sourav Ganguly will captain Marylebone Candid Club (MCC) in a ancillary featuring candid abundant Brian Lara back they face the touring Pakistanis in a Twenty20 accoutrement at Lord's on June 27.

The bout will be the aboriginal time that MCC, which owns Lord's, has played a Twenty20 fixture. It will additionally be the aboriginal time Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has played at Lord's back his man-of-the-match acceptable affectation in aftermost year's Apple Twenty20 final win adjoin Sri Lanka.

Lara, the above West Indies captain and one of cricket's greatest batsmen, will be arena for MCC for the aboriginal time. Above India captain Ganguly, additionally a awkward batsman, is currently skippering the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.

Among those additionally accepted to comedy for MCC are Sri Lanka left-arm clip bowler Chaminda Vaas and Australian one-day specialist Ian Harvey. "MCC is captivated to acceptable to Lord's a Pakistani ancillary who accept a accurate clue almanac in Twenty20 cricket," said John Stephenson, MCC's arch of candid and himself a above England batsman, in a statement.

"Shahid Afridi's men will face an agitative MCC aggregation absolute apple chic performers and advancing talent. Brian Lara is one of the finest batsmen to accept anytime played the bold and Sourav Ganguly is a world-leading Twenty20 cricketer," added Stephenson, who helped baddest MCC's team.

"The bout will accommodate assemblage with a absurd befalling to see admirable candid and abundant cricketers."

The Twenty20 bout forms allotment of the advocacy acceding amid MCC and the Pakistan Candid Board which will see Pakistan comedy Australia in the MCC Spirit of Candid Test and Twenty20 Series in England throughout July, with both Twenty20 matches at Birmingham's Edgbaston ground.

The two Tests amid Pakistan and Australia, at Lord's and Headingley will be the aboriginal 'neutral' Tests to be played in England in about a aeon back the 1912 triangular clash featuring England, Australia and South Africa.

Pakistan will additionally comedy four Tests and bristles One-Day Internationals adjoin England starting in July. England face Australia in bristles One-Day Internationals, with the aboriginal at Hampshire's Rose Bowl arena on June 22.