University players are stars of screen

Lancaster University team
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Lancaster University cricketers have been stars on TV on the sub-continent.

Pakistan TV have broadcast parts of Lancaster University student cricket team’s visit to Lahore as part of the university’s 50th celebrations.

The university’s men’s cricket first team visited partner university, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) in Lahore.

The Lancaster team, captained by Joe Molloy, took on teams from CIIT Islamabad and CIIT Lahore first XIs in the cricket tournament, before meeting Pakistan’s national Under-19s team in a friendly fixture at the country’s premier test cricket venue, the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

The match against the Under-19s, filmed on Pakistan national television, resulted in a win for the home team, who included a number of potential future Test stars who had recently finished second in the Under-19s World Championship.

The 20 Lancaster players were accompanied on their trip by LUSU vice presidents Emily Pollitt, Rachel Harvey and senior policy and strategy officer Adam Child.

Vice-chancellor of Lancaster University, professor Mark E Smith, paid a flying visit to the tournament to watch a couple of the 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.

“This visit was about securing even stronger ties with our global partners.

“Sport is such a great medium through which to strengthen our relationships,” he added.