MCC urges members to buy tickets for Pakistan-Bangladesh World Cup match

first_imgShare on Messenger Share on Twitter But after images of empty pavilion benches were beamed across the globe during England’s famous victory over India in the 2017 Women’s World Cup final – prompting widespread online criticism – Guy Lavender, the MCC chief executive, has moved further to avoid a repeat.Writing to members on Tuesday, Lavender said: “The latest tournament standings mean the outcome of [Bangladesh versus Pakistan] could prove crucial to England’s prospects of reaching the semi-finals. From this perspective, Friday’s match may yet prove to be one of the most decisive of the tournament. Unfortunately, and notwithstanding the context of the match, the Pavilion remains heavily undersubscribed.“Members may recall the ICC Women’s World Cup final in 2017, when unfavourable comparisons were made between the number of members in the Pavilion and full stands in the rest of the ground. This is damaging to MCC’s global reputation and the committee is determined to avoid a repetition of these images on Friday.”This summer’s World Cup is the first global tournament where MCC members have to pay for tickets in the pavilion, with this Friday’s game priced at £45. The three previous group games at Lord’s have been well attended by members, while the final on 14 July is already a sell-out.Lord’s is also due to host one of the eight teams in The Hundred, English cricket’s new city-based tournament that starts next summer and which is hoped will attract a family audience from all backgrounds.On the presence of schoolchildren in the pavilion this Friday, Lavender added: “It is hoped [this] will both improve the appearance of the pavilion and provide the youngsters with a memorable and formative experience.” Rohit Sharma leads India into semi-finals and sends Bangladesh out Since you’re here… Cricket World Cup 2019 Pakistan cricket team Cricket MCC … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Topicscenter_img MCC members have received a panicked email imploring them to buy tickets for Bangladesh versus Pakistan at Lord’s or risk damaging the club’s global reputation.Only 50% of available pavilion tickets have been sold for Friday’s World Cup group stage match and the MCC committee has now relaxed its age restrictions to invite 250 school children into the famous old building. news Share on Pinterest Read more Share via Email Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Bangladesh Cricket Team Reuse this contentlast_img read more