MCC will play with Namibia cricket team    Getty Images
MCC will play with Namibia cricket team Getty Images

Windhoek: Cricket Namibia announced that it will host one of the oldest cricket clubs in the world, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), from November 3 to 14. Laurence Pieters, board member of Cricket Namibia (CN) and head of the organisation committee, on Tuesday said the MCC team will help “promote and assist” in the development of cricket in the southern African country. MCC will arrive in Namibia on Thursday and seven matches are scheduled to be played in Windhoek and Walvis Bay, reports Xinhua. According to Pieters, the MCC is the oldest cricket club on the planet, founded in 1787 and based at world-renowned Lord’s cricket ground in St John’s Wood, London. READ: MCC urges spectators to stop firing champagne corks at Lord’s

“The MCC now tours various cricket developing countries in an effort to promote and assist in the development of cricket,” said Pieters. 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. 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.

Namibia’s last encounter was with Namibia, a game that they lost by 199 runs. Namibia skipper Sarel Burger had said about the defeat, as reported by icc-cricket.com, Our batting let us down, especially in the one-day games where we expected to do better. Our all round game was not up to standard. We are not where we want to be and will look to improve in the next rounds. We have to improve by getting fitter, faster and sync the batting and bowling to have a good all-round performance. We will be next playing the United Arab Emirates at home in Windhoek, so that will be nice and we will go all out to have a clean sweep against them.