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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Kumar Sangakkara to lead MCC tour to Pakistan in 2020

Kumar Sangakkara to lead MCC tour to Pakistan in 2020, Date, Venue Confirmed.

Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) has confirmed on Wednesday, 18 Dec. that they would send a touring squad to Pakistan next year under the captaincy of president Kumar Sangakkara after the recent return of Test cricket to the country, who are currently hosting Test matches against Sri Lanka after a gap of over 10 years.

When and Where the MCC Tour Matches will be played in Pakistan.?

The MCC said they had accepted an invitation from the Pakistan Cricket Board to send a team to Lahore in February 2020 and would play a number of matches in the city.

All of MCC’s matches will be played at Aitchison College in Lahore.

What President Kumar Sangakkara said about MCC tour to Pakistan?

"It is hugely important to support cricket in countries such as Pakistan," said Sangakkara, MCC's president, "and the PCB has done a tremendous job in rebuilding the international cricketing landscape since the tragic events of 2009.

"I am excited to be captaining MCC on the tour to Pakistan. With international cricket having returned for the first time in a decade, it is wonderful the Club is doing its part to strengthen cricket in Pakistan and I look forward to being part of the trip."

MCC Chief Executive and Secretary Guy Lavender said:

"The people of Pakistan have been starved of seeing their team play at home for a decade and it is wonderful to see that Test cricket has recently returned to the country,".

"As a Club, one of MCC's priorities is to maintain its global relevance on the game by supporting countries in their provision for cricket, and we are united with the global game in wanting to see international teams returning to play in Pakistan.

"Of course the predominant focus has been assessing the relative safety and security considerations, and we are working closely with the PCB to manage a robust security plan to ensure the tour can take place."

PCB Chairman Wasim Khan Was Delighted:

"Following months of dialogue, and the opportunity to put Pakistan's compelling case forward to the prestigious and important MCC World Cricket committee, I am delighted that MCC has confirmed that it will send a touring team to Lahore in February," Wasim said.

"The decision by the world's oldest and most influential cricket club to send a quality team is a further testament that Pakistan is as safe and secure a country as any other cricket-playing nation in the world, and MCC's tour is a further step forward in normalizing team tours to Pakistan.

"The PCB looks forward to welcoming the MCC cricket team and we fully expect the squad to have a thoroughly enjoyable time."

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