Wanderers chief is on a mission

Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers president Matthew Fleming is heading for Afghanistan on behalf of the MCC in an attempt to develop sport in the region.Fleming, who lives in Coltishall and is chairman of the trustees of the club's Youth Development Charitable Trust, sits on the main MCC committee and will investigate ways of strengthening links with cricket in Afghanistan.

Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers president Matthew Fleming is heading for Afghanistan on behalf of the MCC in an attempt to develop sport in the region.

Fleming, who lives in Coltishall and is chairman of the trustees of the club's Youth Development Charitable Trust, sits on the main MCC committee and will investigate ways of strengthening links with cricket in Afghanistan.

He said: “Having enjoyed playing cricket for England in Pakistan and Bangladesh, I know the passion that exists for cricket in the region. I'm looking forward to seeing for myself how cricket in Afghanistan is developing and how MCC can help with this process.”

Fleming has experience in the Armed Forces as an officer in the Royal Green Jackets and he added that he hoped cricket could become a positive force in the conflict-stricken country.

His trip follows a match between the MCC and Afghanistan in 2006, when an MCC team led by Mike Gatting were beaten by 179 runs. Two members of the Afghan team subsequently spent time at Lord's as MCC Young Cricketers.

Fleming will conclude his four-day visit on Sunday with a visit to the National Training Camp at the Afghanistan National Cricket Academy.