Marylebone Cricket Club to boost cricket development
Cricket Namibia announced that they will host one of the oldest cricket playing clubs in the world, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) from 3 November to 14.
Laurence Pieters, board member of Cricket Namibia (CN) and head of the organization committee on Tuesday said the MCC team will arrive in Namibia on Thursday and a total of seven matches are scheduled to be played in Windhoek and Walvis Bay.
According to Pieters the MCC is the oldest cricket club on the planet, founded back in 1787 and they own and are based at world-renowned Lord’s cricket ground in St John’s Wood, London.
“The MCC now tours various cricket developing countries in an effort to promote and assist in the development of cricket,”said Peiters.
The tour will provide the opportunity for local players to square off against the MCC who will also assist in coaching clinics for locals in Windhoek and Walvis Bay he added.
The tour commences with two T20 matches between the MCC and the Namibian U19 side in Windhoek. The guests will then take on a Namibian “A” side in a limited over 50 match, followed by a game in the same format against an Invitational XI.
More action will follows in Walvis Bay with the MCC squaring off at the Sparta Cricket Club against a Coastal XI on 12 November in a Limited 50 over followed by another 50 over game against the Welwitschia XI side at the same venue. Meanwhile, all games will be officiated by former English cricketer Robert Timothy ‘Tim’ Robinson, who played in 29 Tests and 26 ODIs for England from 1984 to 1989.
Up 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). This is the fourth time the MCC tours Namibia, having last visited the country in 2009.