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MCC has donated hundreds of Test match tickets to British servicemen and women as part of the Tickets For Troops initiative.
The Club has provided 50 tickets to each of the first four days of the npower England v Bangladesh Test match later this month, and 50 tickets to each of the first four days of the MCC Spirit of Cricket Pakistan v Australia Test in July. That's 400 tickets in total.
MCC is joined by 13 counties in offering tickets to over 400 days of cricket to troops throughout 2010.
The Club has a strong relationship with the services, having hosted the centenary Royal Navy v Army match in 2008 and the final match of the Inter-Services Festival in 2009.
This year, Lord’s is hosting the Inter-Services Twenty20 tournament on 27 July - with a collection made for the Help for Heroes charity.
Tickets For Troops was set up last year to provide members of the Armed Forces with free tickets for major sporting events including football, horse racing, rugby, darts and cricket matches as well as theatre performances, music concerts and cultural attractions.
Since launching it has provided over 100,000 tickets and 50,000 troops have registered on the website -
Andrew Flintoff MBE, a Tickets for Troops patron said: "I know exactly what the troops are going through from my recent experiences of travelling to Afghanistan to meet them.
"I was extremely moved by the whole experience and met some incredible people while I was out there. The Tickets for Troops scheme will hopefully help them and make them realise how grateful we are for their efforts."