Afghanistan will take on Marylebone Cricket Club in a historic match at Lord's in London in July.
MCC, was formerly the governing body of world cricket, and Lord’s is considered as the home of cricket and as home to the world’s oldest sporting museum.
“I am thrilled that we will be welcoming Afghanistan to Lord’s this summer,” MCC president Matthew Fleming said.
“I have seen first-hand the talent and passion for cricket the nation has, and this fixture can only be a good thing for the ongoing development of Afghan cricket,” he added as quoted on the Lord’s official website.
The 50-over match will be played on 11 July, a day after the conclusion of England-South Africa test match, confirmed Brendon McCullum, the New Zealander who will captain MCC for the match.
“Cricket has a bright future in Afghanistan and we will be witness to major developments in this regard,” said Shukrullah Atif Mashal, the head of Afghanistan Cricket Board, as he called the upcoming game a new chapter in the history of Afghanistan cricket development.
Afghanistan will be second ICC Associate nation to play MCC at Lord’s. The first Associate side to play MCC were Nepal who claimed 41-run victory in last July.
“MCC will need to field an extremely strong side in order to compete,” Fleming said. “We are delighted therefore that Brendon McCullum will captain MCC, as he will ensure the match is both competitive and exciting, played in the very best spirit.”
“The whole club looks forward to what we know will be a wonderful and historic day.”
(By: Ziaulhaq Ateed)