THAT superb retired West Indies left-hander Brian Lara is due to return to big cricket when he plays for the MCC against Pakistan in a Twenty20 warm-up game at Lord's on June 27.
Lara, making his MCC debut for the club's first 20-overs game, and Sourav Ganguly, these days captain of Kolkata Night Riders in the IPL, are two well-known names preparing for a contest that should attract a large Sunday crowd. The Pakistanis, making their first appearance on their summer tour of England, will be led by Shahid Afridi, returning to the Home of Cricket for the first time since his match-winning performance at the ICC World Twenty20 Final in 2009.
The MCC fixture at Lordís will be the only Twenty20 match played by the Pakistanis in London this season. Also confirmed to play are Chaminda Vaas, the Sri Lanka opening bowler, Ian Harvey, the Australian limited-overs specialist, Aiden Blizzard, the hard-hitting Victorian batsman, and Glenn Querl, a current MCC Young Cricketer who is impressing for the Unicorns in domestic cricket.
Tickets for the MCC v Pakistanis game are on sale now, priced £20 for adults and £5 for Under 16s. They can be bought from www.lords.org/tickets or by calling the MCC Ticket Office on 020 7432 1000.