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Afghanistan to take on MCC in July

Afghanistan has been on the rise in the last two years
Afghanistan has been on the rise in the last two years
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Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and Afghanistan are set to lock horns with each other in a 50-over game to be held at Lord's on 11th July.

The fixture will immediately follow the first Test between England and South Africa which will complete on 10th July at the same venue.

This will also be the second time in two seasons, MCC will take on an Associate nation, with their encounter against Nepal that had 6,000 spectators being the first.

Afghanistan rise in the game has been evident from the way they defeated Ireland in the recent Twenty20 International and One-Day International series while also registering an innings victory against the same opposition in the Inter Continental Cup as well.

Also couple of their star players, Mohammad Nabi and Hamid Hasan have been a part of the MCC Youth Program in the past.

MCC President Matthew Fleming, who travelled to Jalalabad in May 2009 to organise a training camp in Afghanistan is excited by the upcoming clash and urged the team to not take the Asian team lightly. He further confirmed that Brendon McCullum will lead the MCC team for the fixture.

“I am thrilled that we will be welcoming Afghanistan to Lord’s this summer.

"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.

“It is the latest landmark on a very exciting journey for Afghan cricket, and MCC will need to field an extremely strong side in order to compete.

"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.”

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