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Afghanistan tour an option Published: 28 March 2012

MCC President Phillip Hodson has said a potential tour to Afghanistan may take place. In an interview with BBC Test Match Special he said:

"I think we could do something in Afghanistan and I don't think it will be long away."

MCC has been involved in Afghanistan cricket for many years:

2006- an MCC touring side, captained by Mike Gatting, lost in an inaugural match between the two sides in Mumbai.

2007- Fast bowler Hamid Hassan and all-rounder Mohammad Nabi spend time at Lord’s as MCC Young Cricketers, and former England all-rounder and MCC Committee Member, Matthew Fleming, went on a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan to investigate how MCC could strengthen its links with cricket in Afghanistan.

2008- MCC teamed up with the Afghan Connection* charity in a bid to develop grassroots cricket across the nation, under the MCC Spirit of Cricket banner. Afghan Connection was set up in 2002 and aims to bring hope and opportunity to a generation of young people in Afghanistan through health, education and sport.

2010- Afghan Connection was nominated in the Non-Governmental Organisation for Peace category at the prestigious international Peace and Sport Awards in Monaco.

2011- Hamid Hassan and Mohammad Nabi play for MCC in the Champion County fixture against Nottinghamshire CCC in 2011.

2012- Plans are in place to build further pitches & deliver more training camps – all under the MCC Spirit of Cricket banner and funded by the MCC Foundation.

Hodson revealed to BBC Cricket Correspondent, Jonathan Agnew that he will be visiting Afghanistan later this year:

"I am going to Afghanistan to look at Kabul and the cricket pitches we have put in."

The MCC Cricket committee will discuss the potential Afghanistan touring opportunities at their next meeting in early May 2012.


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