#UAE16: Kumar Sangakkara to play for MCC in Emirates T20 tournament

Kumar Sangakkara will play for Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in the Emirates T20 tournament in Dubai on Friday 18 March.The former Sri Lanka batsman has been named in the MCC squad alongside Warwickshire and England batsman Ian Bell. The remainder of the squad will be announced in due course.

Sangakkara is currently playing for the Gemini Arabians in the Master Champions League in Sharjah. He is set to join Quetta Gladiators for the latter part of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and will represent Surrey again this season.

The only previous occasion on which Sangakkara played for MCC was in the 2005 Tsunami Relief Fund match against an International XI. He made 46 and took three stumpings during the match at Lord’s.

He has a long connection with MCC off the pitch, having sat on the Club’s World Cricket committee since 2012. He also delivered the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture in 2011 to widespread acclaim across the cricket world.

“Kumar’s record in all forms of the game is second to none so it’s fantastic that we’ve managed to secure his services for the Emirates T20 tournament,” said John Stephenson, MCC Head of Cricket. “In Kumar and Ian Bell we have two of the best players of their generation so I’m sure we’ll stand a good chance in the tournament, and hopefully it will make for an entertaining spectacle.”

Matthew Jackson, Tournament Director and Managing Director of Sport Arabia Worldwide Ltd, the promoters of the event said: “The Emirates T20 tournament is going into its seventh year, and it is increasingly well supported every time. To have international stars such as Kumar Sangakkara and Ian Bell involved will make the tournament even more exciting, and we are delighted that they are going to be playing for MCC.”

The Emirates T20 tournament precedes the Champion County match between MCC and Yorkshire in Abu Dhabi. This annual four-day fixture starts on Sunday 20th March and acts as a curtain-raiser for the new English county season.


Tickets for the Emirates T20 tournament go on sale on 14 February and U12s go free.

Visit www.emiratest20.com/tickets to purchase.


James Buttler

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