MCC to field strong team

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Feb 18, 2016-

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) will field a strong team when they take on Nepal in a 50-over cricket match at the Lord’s in England.

Nepal are taking on MCC, world’s oldest cricket club that still governs the rules of cricket, on July 19 to mark the 200 years of England-Nepal bilateral relationship. 

“We saw during our November tour (of Nepal) that there are a lot of talented cricketers in the Nepali team, so I will be selecting a strong MCC team which will hopefully provide a very entertaining spectacle for everyone. MCC has an excellent working relationship with Cricket Association Nepal (CAN) and this fixture will only enhance that,” said MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson. 

An MCC team had come to Nepal for a friendly series in November playing six matches. Stephenson also said that the MCC was very much eager to host Nepali team. “We are delighted that Nepal will be playing at Lord’s in July, and we very much look forward to welcoming their players and supporters to the Home of Cricket,” added Stephenson.

Foreign Commonwealth Office, London has put the event in a priority list and will be featuring the event as a part of the bicentenary celebration.

Non-resident Nepali Prashant Kunwar, who is bridging the links between Nepali cricket and the club, said the relation between the two sides will benefit Nepali cricket. “Cricket is fast-growing sport in Nepal and the strong links with MCC can only be a good thing which is helping cricket grow overall,” said Kunwar. “It’s significant for British Nepalese Community as this will be a perfect platform to be part of this big celebration. It is also a very good opportunity to contribute for last year’s devastating earthquake.” 

Most of the funds collected from the match will go towards rebuilding the community in Nepal and in building cricket infrastructure in Nepal by MCC.

Published: 18-02-2016 08:04

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