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Lord’s Taverners City Cup player wins MCC Young Cricketers Contract

Janak Valand has signed to join the MCC Young Cricketers (YCs) next season after impressing MCC Head Coach, Mark Alleyne, during the 2013 Lord’s Taverners City Cup (LTCC) competition.

Valand, who plays in the Leicestershire Premier League for Leicester Ivanhoe, is a right arm off-spin bowler and promising middle order batsman. 

He was offered a contract by Alleyne following a series of strong performances for Leicester Barclays Eagles in the LTCC this summer, and following a training weekend for the top LTCC players, including a twenty20 match against the current YCs, at the end of September.

This is the third year that MCC have worked with the LTCC (formerly the Wisden City Cup), to offer a YCs contract to the top performing LTCC player at the end of the competition.  Previous signings include Dipayan Paul (Blackheath CC, 2011) and Zain Shahzad (Wanstead & Snaresbrook CC, 2012).

Valand will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of five MCC YCs who have signed professional contracts with First Class counties for the 2014 season.  County Champion’s Durham have recruited the services of young Irish wicket-keeper / batsman Stuart Poynter and top order batsman Graham Clark; Middlesex have added right-arm fast-medium bowler Harry Podmore to their bowling attack; and batsman Tom Lewis has joined Warwickshire’s books.

Commenting on signing Valand, MCC Head Coach, Mark Alleyne, said:       

“Janak has shown great promise throughout the Lord’s Taverners City Cup Competition this season, and really stood out at the training weekend that I delivered for the top fifteen LTCC cricketers at the end of the summer.  He bowls with a great rev count – really turning the ball, and his batting is very positive – showing a good intent to score runs.  I’m really looking forward to working with him next year, as he makes the next step in his cricketing development.

“It has been an excellent season for the YCs, with five of the guys signing professional contracts with counties for next year.  This is exactly what the scheme is there to do, and I’m sure that Janak and the rest of the 2014 YCs intake will be hoping to follow in their footsteps.”  

A Lord’s TV video about the 2013 Lord’s Taverners City Cup has been released today.  To view it, please visit:

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Notes to editors:

The Lord’s Taverners City Cup

The Lord’s Taverners City Cup (formerly the Wisden City Cup), was designed to promote inner-city cricket and social cohesion, and has been staged in London under the auspices of Middlesex County Cricket Club since 2009.  In 2013, 35 teams competed in eight LTCC competitions based across the country: Birmingham, Bradford, Leicester, Luton, Manchester, North London, South London and Wolverhampton.

For further information on the Lord’s Teverners City Cup, please visit:

MCC Young Cricketers

The MCC Young Cricketers programme demonstrates MCC’s determination to foster new talent and maintain its reputation as the world's most active cricket-playing club.  The YCs are provided with world-class facilities and top coaching at Lord’s, with the team competing in the Second Eleven Championship and the Second Eleven Trophy.  Recent alumni include Darren Sammy (West Indies), Ross Taylor (New Zealand) and Alex Hales (England). 


For further information on this story please contact:

Beth Wild

MCC Media & Public Affairs Officer

Lord's Cricket Ground

Direct Line: 020 7616 8699

Mobile: 07929 348074


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