Ganguly to lead MCC against Pakistan in Lord`s T20
London: Sourav Ganguly will have Brian Lara playing under him when the former India captain leads a Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) team in a Twenty20 match against Pakistan at Lord`s on June 27.
Apart from Ganguly and Lara, other players who have confirmed their availability for the tie include Sri Lankan pacer Chaminda Vaas, Australia`s limited-overs specialist Ian Harvey, hard-hitting Victorian batsman Aiden Blizzard and MCC colt Glenn Querl.
Ganguly has fond memories of the venue, having made a dream debut at Lord`s, scoring a century in his first match against a Mike Atherton-led England.
The former India skipper would be in charge of MCC`s first-ever Twenty20 fixture against a Shahid Afridi-led Pakistan side, while this will be Lara`s first appearance for MCC.
"MCC is delighted to welcome to Lord`s a Pakistani side who have a proven track record in Twenty20 cricket. Shahid Afridi`s men will face an exciting MCC team comprising world class performers and up-and-coming talent," MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson, who has been instrumental in selecting the home team, said.
"Brian Lara is one of the finest batsmen to have ever played the game and Sourav Ganguly is a world-leading Twenty20 cricketer.”
"The match will provide spectators with a fantastic opportunity to see wonderful cricket and great cricketers," he added.
Tickets for the game are on sale now and the Twenty20 match forms part of the sponsorship agreement between MCC and the Pakistan Cricket Board which will see Pakistan play Australia in the MCC Spirit of Cricket Test and Twenty20 Series in England throughout July.
It is the first time that MCC has sponsored international cricket in its 223-year history.