Jayasuriya delighted to lead MCC against West Indies

May 28, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s former skipper Sanath Jayasuriya said Monday he is delighted to captain the MCC against the touring West Indians. The three-day match which starts on Friday in Durham, northern England, includes Mali Richards, son of West Indian legend Sir Viv Richards, and Irish captain William Porterfield.

“I am honoured to lead the side, which will consist of some young emerging players,” Jayasuriya told AFP.

The veteran batsman, who turns 38 next month, will become the first Sri Lankan to captain Marylebone Cricket Club.

He has considerable experience in English conditions, having played for Somerset in the 2005 season as well as numerous tours to England with Sri Lanka.

Jayasuriya will return to Colombo to prepare for the home series against Bangladesh mid-June before heading back to England to play for the Lashings World XI, he said.

Although the MCC, owner of Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, no longer has a role in running either English or world cricket, it remains responsible for the sport’s laws. .

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