The iconic Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) will tour Pakistan in February next year. Sri Lankan legend and President of the MCC, Kumar Sangakkara will lead the team in the matches which are scheduled at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
MCC was founded in 1787 and since 1814, it is based at the Home of Cricket, Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. MCC’s significance can be understood from the fact that it is the sole custodian of the cricketing laws since its inception. To this day, the International Cricket Council (ICC), the global governing body for cricket, relies on MCC to draft the laws of cricket.
Kumar Sangakkara was elected as the President of the prestigious club in May this year. With that, Sangakkara made history by becoming the first-ever non-British to lead the MCC.
In 2009, the former Sri Lankan captain was part of the team that was attacked by terrorists in Lahore. Doors of international cricket and other sports were slammed shut in Pakistan following the attack.
International cricket returned to Pakistan when Zimbabwe agreed on touring Pakistan in 2015. Since then, Pakistan has successfully hosted World XI, West Indies, and Sri Lanka.
The 42-year-old had earlier expressed his desire to visit Pakistan with the MCC delegation after taking charge as the President of the club. Expressing his excitement, the legendary batsman said that it’s great to see international cricket returning to Pakistan.
The cricketing fans in the country had to suffer a lot in the past because teams were reluctant to tour Pakistan. However, Pakistan has done a tremendous job to ensure it is a safe place for teams to visit.
Chief Executive Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Waseem Khan said that there are exciting times ahead for Pakistan cricket. Other than the visit of MCC, talks to organize a three-match T20 series with South Africa in Pakistan are also underway.