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Sehwag to lead MCC vs Durham

London: Virender Sehwag has been roped in to captain the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) squad in a four-day Champion County match against Durham starting March 23 in Abu Dhabi.

“Virender Sehwag and Muttiah Muralidharan have been confirmed as part of the Marylebone Cricket Club squad that will travel to Abu Dhabi next month,” the MCC said in a statement, on Thursday.

Muralidharan will lead the team in the preceding Emirates T20 tournament.

Sehwag, who is also confirmed to appear in the MCC versus Rest of the World Lord’s Bicentenary match on July 5, said: “I was delighted to be asked to play in this match. And being able to captain the MCC side makes it even more of a privilege.

“We’re taking a very strong squad out to Abu Dhabi. So, I’m sure the standard of cricket on show will be very high. It’s also very exciting to be playing under lights with the pink ball.

“It’s a big innovation for the game and I’m very keen to be involved in any initiative which aims to increase the appeal of cricket to a wider audience,” he added.

Also there in the squad are England’s Monty Panesar and Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batsman Prasanna Jayawardene, as well as a host of young county players including Daniel Bell-Drummond, Luis Reece and opener Sam Robson.