London: Custodian of cricket legal guidelines, the Marylebone Cricket Membership, on Wednesday stated it’s going to ship a squad to Pakistan in February subsequent 12 months to play in a couple of matches below the captaincy of its present president Kumar Sangakkara.
Check cricket returned to Pakistan after greater than 10 years with the Sri Lankan crew locked in a two-match sequence at the moment.
“…the Membership will ship a crew to Lahore in February subsequent 12 months, taking part in quite a few matches within the metropolis,” the MCC stated in a press launch.
Main Check-paying nations have averted touring Pakistan for the reason that 2009 terror assault on the Sri Lankan crew bus in Lahore, which killed eight folks and injured a number of gamers.
The tour was finalised following a full investigation into safety measures and evaluation into the viability of the journey.
Man Lavender, MCC Chief Govt and Secretary, stated: “The folks of Pakistan have been starved of seeing their crew play at dwelling for a decade and it’s great to see that Check cricket has lately returned to the nation.
“As a Membership, one in every of MCC’s priorities is to keep up its world relevance on the sport by supporting international locations of their provision for cricket, and we’re united with the worldwide recreation in eager to see worldwide groups returning to play in Pakistan.”
“After all the predominant focus has been assessing the relative security and safety concerns, and we’re working intently with the PCB to handle a strong safety plan to make sure the tour can happen.”
Following the assault on the touring Sri Lanka crew’s bus, Pakistan’s dwelling Check matches have been performed on impartial venues such because the UAE.
Sangakkara stated, “It’s vastly vital to assist cricket in international locations reminiscent of Pakistan, and the PCB has carried out an amazing job in rebuilding the worldwide cricketing panorama for the reason that tragic occasions of 2009.
“I’m excited to be captaining MCC on the tour to Pakistan. With worldwide cricket having returned for the primary time in a decade, it’s great the Membership is doing its half to strengthen cricket in Pakistan and I sit up for being a part of the journey.”
All of MCC’s matches on the tour might be performed at Aitcheson School in Lahore. Lavender would be the Group Supervisor of the squad, and MCC Head Coach Ajmal Shahzad will coach the group.