Rain spoils Afghanistan’s big day at the Lord’s
Afghanistan national team received a traditional British welcome before their first ever appearance at the Marylebone Cricket Club to play a one day international match against MCC XI but later rain spoilt the big day for the newest Test playing nation.
Rain cut short 10 overs from the MCC innings as they managed to score 217 runs in 40 overs. Later rain rules calculated 227 runs for Afghanistan to win the match in 50 overs.
Afghanistan were 31 for the loss of 1 wickets in five overs when torrential down pour at the Lord’s forced the officials to abandon the match.
The MCC team was star studded leading by former Kiwi hard hitter Brendon McCullum. Former Pakistani captain Misbah – ul – Haq was also in the team.
The MCC has been working in a joint venture with Afghan cricket, promoting the sport in the country.
Already 100 cricket pitches have been built all through the country. Many cricket camps are also going on in Afghanistan.
Founder and CEO of Afghan Connection in MCC, Sarah Fane revealed how Afghan people love the sport; “Afghans love cricket so much but they hardly had any equipment. So Afghan connection made a delivery to the national team and began supporting grassroots cricket around the country for the young.”
She also said, “Within a year MCC began backing Afghan cricket through Afghan Connection’s projects. Since 2009 this has led to 100 cricket pitches being built, serving well over 100,000 Afghan children, as well as provision of equipment and coaching for them.”