Lancaster University cricket team star on national TV during trip to Pakistan

Both teams with members of the Pakistan Cricket Board, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Directors and the Vice Chancellor of Lancaster University Professor Mark E. Smith (standing back centre).
Both teams with members of the Pakistan Cricket Board, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Directors and the Vice Chancellor of Lancaster University Professor Mark E. Smith (standing back centre).

Lancaster University’s cricket team featured on national television in Pakistan during a trip to Lahore as part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

The student first team visited partner university COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) in Lahore from April 7 to 13.

Captained by Joe Molloy, they took on the first elevens from CIIT Islamabad and CIIT Lahore in a tournament before meeting Pakistan’s national under 19s cricket team in a friendly fixture at Pakistan’s premier test cricket venue, the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

The twenty-20 match against the under 19s, filmed on Pakistan national television, resulted in a 159-run win for the home team who included a number of potential future test stars in their ranks and had recently finished second in the Under 19 World Cup in Dubai.

The Lancaster players were accompanied on their trip by LUSU Vice President (Activities) Emily Pollitt, LUSU Vice President (Campaigns and Communications) Rachel Harvey and Senior Policy and Strategy Officer from the Vice-Chancellor’s Office Adam Child.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith paid a flying visit to the tournament to watch a couple of the Lancaster matches.

He said: “We are delighted to have been able to arrange this challenge with our partner institution in Pakistan. This is a great example of the University and Students’ Union working in partnership.

“It was seen as an incredibly high profile visit in Pakistan and our team and staff hugely enjoyed the experience.”