KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Two Afghani cricketers will play in the MCC team featuring Brian Lara and Sourav Ganguly taking on Pakistanis at Lord’s on Sunday 27 June.
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Mohammad Nabi and Hamid Hassan both spent time on the MCC Young Cricketers (YC) staff at the Home of Cricket during 2007.
Since then they have been instrumental in the rapid progress of the Afghanistan national side, which played in the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies last month.
They are included in a MCC side captained by Sourav Ganguly and featuring Brian Lara.
Sourav Ganguly *
John Simpson †
* denotes captain
† denotes wicket-keeper
Also confirmed is former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Harris whose tight bowling brought him much success in limited overs cricket.
Harris stands second on the all-time New Zealand wicket takers’ list in One Day Internationals.
Joining Harris is South African Tyron Henderson, who was a major force in Middlesex’s victorious Twenty20 Cup campaign in 2008, and Middlesex’s wicket-keeper John Simpson who was an MCC YC in 2008.
The international MCC side calls on players from India, South Africa, the West Indies, Australia, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and England.
Despite hailing from across the globe, many will feel at home at Lord’s.
Hassan became the first Afghan to play at Lord’s in 2007, when he represented the Club against a Europe XI, and Ganguly features on the Honours Boards for his 131 against England in 1996.
The Twenty20 match takes place on Sunday 27 June and starts at 2:30pm.
Tickets for the MCC v Pakistanis Twenty20 match at Lord’s are on sale now, priced £20 for adults and £5 for under-16s.