KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
Founded in 1787, Marylebone Cricket Club is the most active and famous cricket club in the world and owner of Lord's Cricket Ground - the Home of Cricket.
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Marylebone Cricket Club’s response to the tsunami of December 2004 resulted in over £650,000 being raised to fund recovery projects in Sri Lanka, with an all-star 50-over match taking place at Lord's the following summer.
The charities and organisations to benefit from the Tsunami match were Leonard Cheshire Disability, British Red Cross, Sri Lanka Cricket and the Foundation for Goodness, a charity supported by Muttiah Muralitharan and Kumar Sangakkara.
In addition, a new purpose-built cricket ground, pavilion and indoor nets were opened at Sri Sumangala College, a state-run school of over 1,600 pupils.
The original funds were also used for the creation of the MCC Centre of Excellence, in Seenigama and to help rebuild the international Ground in Galle.
MCC has continued its efforts in the country in recent years, providing funding for a MCC Centre of Excellence in Seenigama on an annual basis and also continuing to assist the Foundation for Goodness through the MCC Foundation.
In 2014 Tharindu Kaushal, a beneficiary of an MCC Cricket Scolarship awarded in partnership with the Foundation of Goodness, made his Test debut for Sri Lanka against New Zealand in Christchurch.
MCC Presidents Mike Brearley and Phillip Hodson have visited MCC's projects in the country, as has current Chief Executive & Secretary Derek Brewer.