Legendary Marylebone Cricket Club to tour Namibia

01 Nov 2016 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 01 NOV (NAMPA) - The legendary Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) will tour Namibia in November as part of their aim to promote, assist and develop cricket in developing countries.
The MCC is the world’s oldest cricket club and was founded in 1787. They are based at the world-renowned Lord's cricket ground in St John's Wood, London.
Since its inception until 1993, the MCC was the governing body of cricket, both in England and Wales, as well as worldwide. After that, many of its global functions were transferred to the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The team will arrive in Windhoek on Thursday.
A statement availed to Nampa by Cricket Namibia (CN) on Tuesday said seven matches are scheduled to be played in Windhoek and Walvis Bay.
“The tour will provide an opportunity for local players to square off against the MCC, who will also assist in coaching clinics for locals in Windhoek and Walvis Bay,” read the statement.
According to CN board member Laurence Pieters, who is also head of the organisation committee, this is the fourth time the MCC tours Namibia. They last visited the country in 2009.
“It’s an absolute honour and privilege for a club of this magnitude to visit Namibia. It will most certainly raise the profile of cricket in the country,” Pieters was quoted as saying in the statement.
The tour commences with two T20 matches on Friday between MCC and the Namibian Under-19 side in Windhoek.
On Saturday, the guests will take on a Namibian “A” side in a limited over 50 match, followed by a game in the same format against an Invitational XI on Sunday.
After their matches in Windhoek the team will travel to the coast, were they will play a Namibia “A” team in a T20 match at the United Cricket Fields.