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Former India captain Rahul Dravid will play for MCC against Hong Kong Cricket Club at Lord’s on Tuesday 22 July.
It will be Dravid’s second appearance at the Home of Cricket this year, having also played in the MCC v Rest of the World Lord’s bicentenary match on 5th July.
Dravid, who played 164 Tests and 345 One Day Internationals for India, has a long association with MCC. He was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Club in 2008 and also sits on the MCC World Cricket committee.
He scored 48 centuries in a 16-year career and enjoyed an excellent record at Lord’s, scoring 96 on his Test debut and 103 on his final appearance at the Home of Cricket in 2011.
The Hong Kong Cricket Club was established in 1851 and is recognised as one of the first teams to be set up outside England.
One of its key objectives when it was originally set up was to promote cricket, among other sports such as tennis and croquet.
This match forms part of MCC’s ongoing commitment to develop cricket in China.
On day three of the second Investec Test between England and India, MCC President Mike Gatting hosted Sam Yang, Chief Executive of the Yang Foundation which is sponsoring the Hong Kong tour of the UK.
Terry Zhang, Secretary General of the Chinese Cricket Association, was also in attendance.
Mike Gatting, who is also managing an MCC Women’s tour to Hong Kong in October, said: "The development of cricket in China is extremely important and Hong Kong CC do a lot of good work to promote the game in the region.
"MCC is committed to helping the Club continue this work, and the match tomorrow is another way to do this. To have one of the greatest batsman ever in Rahul Dravid involved is a huge bonus, and I’m sure he will be impressed by the standard of cricket Hong Kong will produce."
The teams are as follows:
|MCC||Hong Kong CC|
|John Stephenson (c)||Tim McMahon|
|Rahul Dravid||David Jacquier|
|Roland Horridge||Stuart Henwood|
|Steve Snell||Anshuman Rath|
|Graham Grace||Matthew Rafter|
|James While||Liam Ginnivan|
|Robert Franklin||Will Jones|
|Tom Parsons||Anthony Lee|
|Mark Langford||George Lamplough|
|Rupert Kitzinger||Andrew Norwood|