Monday's match between Pakistan & Australia heralds a new chapter in the 223 year history of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) as the two sides contest the first of two MCC Spirit of Cricket Twenty20 internationals at Edgbaston this evening.
MCC Spirit of Cricket is a campaign to promote fair, competitive and enjoyable cricket at all levels of the game and has been in existence since 2000, when the Spirit of Cricket was incorporated into the Laws of the game.
Keith Bradshaw, MCC Chief Executive, said: "We’re delighted to be sponsoring international cricket for the first time and taking the MCC Spirit of Cricket campaign to a new audience. We’re also very pleased to be able to help Pakistan cricket when they are prevented from playing home fixtures."
"It promises to be a couple of exciting matches between two very entertaining teams. After their epic contest in the semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies, I’m sure we’re in for a couple of thrilling matches at Edgbaston, played with the Spirit of Cricket to the fore - hard and fair."
MCC’s Spirit of Cricket campaign is growing each year. At the grassroots, MCC partners the Cricket Foundation’s Chance to shine programme to educate children in over 4,000 schools on the principles of the Spirit of Cricket. At the elite level, MCC collaborates with the Indian Premier League to promote the ‘Play hard, Play fair’ message to a global audience. International players such as Umar Gul and Ricky Ponting lend their support to the campaign.