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Lankan dasher Jayasuriya to lead MCC XI

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
 
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London:Former Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya will lead the MCC team which will play the West Indies at the Racecourse Ground, Durham, from June 1-3.

''I am greatly looking forward to leading this young team against the West Indians at Durham. Few young players will have such an opportunity to play against quality opposition and I am sure that the students will make the most of it,'' Jayasuriya was quoted as saying in ECB website.

Jayasuriya, who revolutionised one day international batting with his aggressive tactics during the 1996 cricket World Cup, added ''The match will be a big challenge, but I am confident that we will be able to perform well against the touring team.''

The MCC team will also include former MCC Young Cricketer Will Porterfield, who represented Ireland in the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup and Lee Hodgson, who came on as a substitute for Matthew Hoggard during the Lord's Test match.

The rest of the team will be made up of MCC Young Cricketers and players who are studying at MCC Universities - the six university centres of cricketing excellence which are funded exclusively by the MCC.

MCC head of cricket John Stephenson, said, ''I am delighted that we have been able to appoint a player with Sanath's experience as captain for this important fixture. He brings with him a wealth of tactical knowledge, having played for Sri Lanka against the West Indies in 10 Test matches and 30 one-day internationals.''

UNI

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