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All star MCC prepare for T20 Published: 22 March 2012

Rahul Dravid will appear for the first time since announcing his retirement, playing alongside Sourav Ganguly and Shaun Tait for MCC in the Emirates Airline Twenty20 in Dubai on March 23.

Dravid, who has decided to call it quits following this year's IPL, will make his last appearance outside of India as MCC take on Sussex, Lancashire, Durham and a Fly Emirates Airline XI at 7he Sevens Stadium.

MCC are captained by Mark Ramprakash for their tour of the UAE, which also features the four-day Champion County fixture against Lancashire, starting at the Sheikh Zayed stadium, Abu Dhabi, on March 27.

All stars

MCC's side also features England international Gareth Batty and Pakistan fast bowler - and T20 specialist - Rana Naved.

They face stern opposition though, with three of the strongest English counties (all of who have lifted the County Championship in the past ten years) and previous competition winners, Fly Emirates Airline XI - who feature a number of talented local players.

MCC will play either Lancashire or the Fly Emirates XI in the second semi final, with the winners taking on either Durham or Sussex in the final.

MCC Emirates T20 squad
Name
Teams
 
Mark Ramprakash (Capt)
England & Surrey
 
Moeen Ali
England Lions & Worcestershire
 
Gareth Batty
England & Surrey
 
Rahul Dravid
India
 
Sourav Ganguly
India
 
Lewis Gregory
England u-19s & Somerset
 
Rana Naveed
Pakistan & Derbyshire
 
Niall O'Brien
Ireland & Northamptonshire
 
Stephen Peters
Northamptonshire
 
Gareth Rees
Glamorgan
 
Alan Richardson
Worcestershire
 
Shaun Tait
Australia
 

Tickets are priced at Dh25 with free entry for children under 12. Gates will open at 8am and matches start at 10.30am. A free shuttle bus service will leave every 20 minutes from Nakheel Offices next to Winchester School, near Ibn Battuta Mall.


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