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Edgbaston to unite England, Pakistan fans with supporters' T20 game

Barmy Army Managing Director Paul Burnham with Nahim ulla Khan of the National Asian Cricket Council
Barmy Army Managing Director Paul Burnham with Nahim ulla Khan of the National Asian Cricket Council

Edgbaston will unite England and Pakistan fans ahead of the Investec Test series by staging a match between supporters of both sides one day before the first Test begins at Lord's.

On Wednesday 13th July, England's supporter group the Barmy Army will take on a team from the National Asian Cricket Council that represents Pakistan fans and they will compete to win the Edgbaston Fans Trophy at Attock Cricket Club.

Edgbaston Fans Trophy 2016

Barmy Army v National Asian Cricket Council

Format? T20 match

When? Wednesday, 13th July, 6pm start

Where? Attock Cricket Club, 181 Wake Green Rd, Birmingham, Warwickshire B13 9UU

Cost? Free entry for all spectators

Neil Snowball, Chief Executive at Edgbaston Stadium says the game is driven by Edgbaston's commitment to work closely with supporter groups.

"Edgbaston has been working closely with both supporter groups for several years and with excitement building towards the start of the Investec Series, we wanted to give a greater profile to the fans," he explained.

"Sport is able to unite people from different cultures and beliefs from around the world.

"We’re thrilled to be the architects of this first competitive match between England and Pakistan fans and hope that this is something we can repeat for future series."

The Barmy Army was founded in 1994 and now travels the world supporting England and have previously taken on Australia's Fanatics supporters clubs in similar fixtures during Ashes campaigns - but this will be the first time they play a Pakistan side.

Paul Burnham, Founder and Managing Director of the Barmy Army, said: "We are really excited about this game and expect it to be a fun- packed evening of cricket and fundraising.

"Hopefully this will be the first of many such fixtures and we can start welcoming many more British Asians to join the Barmy Army Supporters Club."

The National Asian Cricket Council is a creation of the Club Cricket Conference, designed to ensure British Asian cricket is effectively represented within the recreational game.

National Asian Cricket Council's Gulfraz Riaz said: "The National Asian Cricket Council are delighted to be playing the Barmy Army XI on the eve of the first Investec Test Match between England v Pakistan.

"The Barmy Army are an iconic touring and supporters club and we feel this is a fantastic opportunity to show case the passion British Asians have for the game too.

"Cricket embraces and promotes all that is great about integrating different communities on and off the pitch.

"We look forward to a well spirited match and I urge fans from all communities to come and support what promises to be a great day."

Following the opening Test at Lord's and the second game at Old Trafford, England and Pakistan head to Edgbaston for the third Test, which begins on 3rd August - by which time the Edgbaston Trophy winners will have been decided.

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