MCC have today confirmed that the recent fixture with Afghanistan at Lord’s was a great success off the pitch as well as on, with the live broadcast of the match being watched by over 1.3 million people worldwide.
Around 930,000 viewed the action on MCC’s official Facebook page, with another 390,000 supporters watching the stream via the Lord’s website and YouTube channel.
Afghanistan, who were recently awarded Full Member status by the International Cricket Council and were playing for the first time at Lord’s, faced a vastly experienced MCC line-up who included Brendon McCullum, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Misbah-ul-Haq amongst their ranks.
Despite the match ending without a result due to rain, the Afghanistan supporters made for a partisan atmosphere inside Lord’s, with around 6,000 in attendance.
The broadcast also included ball-by-ball analysis from a team of commentators who welcomed several guests on air throughout the day.
One of the guests was Dr Sarah Fane, Chief Executive and Founder of Afghan Connection, who have been supporting cricket in the country since 2008 with the help of MCC.
BBC Pashto, an arm of the BBC World Service, were also at Lord’s to broadcast clips from the match to Pashto speakers in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Derek Brewer, MCC Chief Executive and Secretary, said: “The match between MCC and Afghanistan was a huge success, despite the rain, and the atmosphere spectators created inside the ground made for a very special occasion.
“The numbers that were reached around the world with the broadcast of the game are staggering and proves the popularity of Afghanistan cricket around the globe.
“Given MCC’s support of the charitable work which has taken place in Afghanistan over the last decade, it was a thrill and privilege for us all at the Club to see the team play at Lord’s.”