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MCC to sponsor Test series- 13 Apr 2010 00:00:00

Marylebone Cricket Club has announced it will be sponsoring the Test and one-day series between Pakistan and Australia to be staged in England in July.

This will be the first time MCC, the owners of Lord's Cricket Ground where the first of two Tests between Pakistan and Australia is due to start on 13th July, has sponsored an international series in its 223-year history.

MCC’s secretary, Keith Bradshaw said: ‘MCC is committed to the health of Test cricket, and by sponsoring the series and hosting the first Test, the club is supporting Pakistani cricket at a time when the country's Test calendar has been decimated.’

The amount of money that MCC was putting into the series, which also features a test at Yorkshire's Headingley ground in Leeds, has yet to be revealed.

Bradshaw insisted that the sponsorship was a ‘not for profit exercise’ as far as the MCC was concerned.
It is nearly a century since Lord's staged a neutral test match - during the 1912 triangular series involving England, Australia and South Africa.

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