3rd May 2019
Hopefully we get the same amount of people here tomorrow - Mike
The Foxes had a game’s break from the Royal London One-Day Cup as they faced a Pakistan side - that had previously visited Kent and Northamptonshire - in a T20 Tour Match at the Fischer County Ground.
Over 4,000 tickets were sold for the fixture, and the FCG was packed to see the ranked number one T20 side in the world.
Ben Mike, who had a terrific all-round game, said: “We were all looking forward to it and it was a great experience playing against Pakistan.
“It was obviously a tough test as well as they are the number one in the rankings for T20, so it was a good benchmark to see where we need to be.”
Mike, in particular, impressed during the fixture earning bowling figures of 3-38 and top scoring for the Foxes with the bat as well, hitting 38 runs, He was pleased with his own performance.
He said: “I was very happy, it was nice. I probably had a bit of luck with the ball, but that’s how T20 cricket is. With the bat, it was a nice experience trying to express myself.”
It was visible that the youngster’s performance with the bat was frustrating the bowling attack of Pakistan, as Shaheed Shah Afridi and Mike had some friendly banter at the wicket:
“He was giving me a bit of chirp about the short ball. He asked whether I was going to be able to play it next ball, so I told him to give me another one,” he joked.
“But unfortunately, he won the battle in the end as he got me out.”
The Foxes are back to the Royal London One-Day Cup tomorrow (May 4) as the Northamptonshire Steelbacks make the trip to the Fischer County Ground.
Mike wants the Foxes to end the competition on a high.
He said: “Our form in the competition has not been the best, so the next couple of games – especially tomorrow – we are looking to finish on a positive note, taking us into T20 later in the season. The lads are looking forward to it and it should be a good game.”
The fixture is also the Club’s Family Fun Day fixture as all tickets are available for just £1, and Mike is hoping for a similar sized crowd to the one that turned up against Pakistan, to get behind the Foxes.
“It was an amazing experience playing in-front of a packed Grace Road, and hopefully we get the same amount of people here tomorrow,” he said.
In squad news, the Foxes are boosted by the availability of Pakistan international star Muhammad Abbas, while George Munsey is line for a Foxes List A debut against his former county having been registered earlier this week.
Leicestershire Foxes (from 13): Ackermann (capt), Abbas, Cosgrove, Dearden, Hill (wk), Javid, Klein, Mike, Munsey, Parkinson, Swindells, Taylor, Wright.
*Click HERE to purchase a ticket for the Family Fun Day fixture against Northamptonshire Steelbacks.
*You can watch the full interview with Ben HERE.