Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) captain and former Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara said Pakistan is one of the best cricketing destinations.
Addressing press conference Kumar Sangakkara said “I’m so happy that we’re able to do our part to try and encourage countries to look at Pakistan as one of the best cricketing destinations. It has been that in the past and I’m sure it will be that again very soon”
He said “I have immensely wonderful memories of playing in Pakistan, especially Lahore. In the Asian Test Championship finals in 2002, playing against greats like Waqar Younis, also Shoaib Akhtar, Sami, Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, they all played alongside Inzamam”
Sanga said Sri Lanka first team to come back and play Test cricket in Pakistan & as a fellow Sri Lankan and MCC president i’m so happy we are able to do our part to try & encourage countries to look at Pakistan as one of the best cricketing destinations.”
“It’s vital to have home games. Cricket belongs to everyone. You need to have youngsters getting inspired to take up the game. If there is no home cricket then there is a danger that kind of hunger might go away”
“The more cricket you play at home, the more times young children & the fabulous fans of Pakistan can see their team, their players play in front of them within almost touching distance. That’s great for the game and the country, and for the global game”
“I think all Sri Lankan players who were here in 2009 would love to come back. A few have come in their private capacity but even together, the players will definitely be willing to come back. We’ve great memories of playing in Pakistan & touring here”
Earlier After a gap of 47 years, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) made their visit to Pakistan on Thursday to play three T20’s and one ODI matches against Pakistan A team along with different clubs.
MCC known as the owner of Lord’s Cricket Ground and the Guardian of the Laws of the game reached Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore today’s morning, with 15 members — 12 squads and three coaching staffs.
Marylebone Cricket Club Team – MCC Arrived Pakistan Earlier Today after 48 years. MCC team landed in Lahore to play 4 match series under captaincy of Kumar Sangakkara Against Pakistan Shaheens, Northern, Lahore Qalandars & Multan Sultans 🏏 #MCC #Cricket pic.twitter.com/3awfMeZrvS
— Cricerz 🏏 (@Cricerz) February 13, 2020
Veteran Sri Lankan player Kumar Sangakkara is leading the team.
Other players include Ravi Bopara, Michael Burgess, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Fred Klaassen, Michael Leask, Arron Lilley, Imran Qayyum, Will Rhodes, Safyaan Sharif, Roelof van der Merwe, Ross Whiteley.
Complete tour schedule and teams squad
Friday 14th February – Lahore Qalandars v MCC (T20)
Gaddafi Stadium, 5.00pm PKT/12.00noon GMT
Sunday 16th February – Pakistan Shaheens v MCC (50 overs)
Aitchison College, 9.30 am PKT/4.30 am GMT
Monday 17th February – Northern v MCC (T20)
Aitchison College, 12.30 pm PKT/7.30 am GMT
Wednesday 19th February – Multan Sultans v MCC (T20)
Aitchison College, 12.30 pm PKT/7.30 am GMT)
Saud Shakeel (captain), Ehsan Adil, Hassan Mohsin, Imran Butt, Imran Rafiq, Mohammad Irfan Khan, Mohammad Asghar, Omair Bin Yousaf, Rohail Nazir (wicketkeeper), Sajid Khan, Sameen Gul, Zeeshan Malik
Rohail Nazir (captain, wicketkeeper), Faizan Riaz, Ali Imran, Haider Ali, Mubashir Khan, Munir Riaz, Nuaman Ali, Sarmad Bhatti, Shahzad Azam, Shiraz Khan, Zaid Alam, Zeeshan Malik