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MCC Young Cricketers (YCs) and a combined MCC Universities (MCCU) team are returning to the UAE for a joint training camp to prepare for the 2012 season.
Following a successful of the inaugural tour in 2011, both sides will be based in the UAE from 17-28 March.
In addition to training in the world class facilities available at the Zayed International Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, both teams will have the opportunity to test their skills against experienced professional county opposition in a mix of forty over and multi-day cricket.
The YCs will play against the current County Champions, Lancashire, in a two-day match in Abu Dhabi, before the MCCU side take on 2009 County Championship winners, Durham, in a 40-over clash at 7he Sevens Cricket Ground in Dubai.
The tour will conclude with a three-day fixture between the two sides on the new Nursery Ground at the Zayed Stadium.
MCC Head Coach Mark Alleyne - who leads the YC side with his predecessor Clive Radley in charge of the MCCUs - spoke of his excitement at seeing his new squad up against county opposition.
"The contest out in the middle is sure to be a stern challenge for the guys, but perhaps more significantly the matches will give all of the YCs and MCCU players a close-up look at how the pros prepare, and the intensity at which they train," said the former England all-rounder.
"The whole experience will demonstrate exactly what is required to play First-Class cricket, and I hope that they make the most of the opportunity – in addition to taking advantage of the superb facilities available at the Zayed Stadium."
At the same time as the YCs and MCCU team are battling it out on the field in the UAE, MCCU spinners, Charlie Walker (Oxford MCCU) and Nathaniel Watkins (Durham MCCU), will be a short journey across the Indian Ocean, at the Global Cricket School in Mumbai.
The spin duo will be working under the guidance of expert coaches to fine tune their bowling, and batting against a turning ball.
The initiative represents MCC’s continued focus on developing young spin bowling talent, following all six MCCUs linking up with the Brian Johnston Elite Spin Bowling Programme this winter.
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