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MCC’s captain for the day/night Champion County clash against Nottinghamshire, Chris Rogers, believes the experimental format is the ‘way of the future.’
For the second consecutive year the match will be played under lights in Aub Dhabi, with a pink ball replacing the traditional red or white.
MCC is building a portfolio of research into day/night first class cricket played with pink balls with the aim of one day being able to play Test cricket under lights.
Pink the future
Australian Rogers spoke of his pride at captaining MCC in Abu Dhabi and of his belief in the importance of the day/night trials.
"I think there has to be a future for day-night first class and Test cricket, there has to be." he said.
"It’s the way of the future and so the sooner we can get that up and running the better.
"It’s a new experience, I haven’t been in this part of the world before, and it’s very exciting.
"To have the honour of captaining the side is a massive privilege."
Left-handed opening batsman Rogers, who joins Middlesex for the upcoming 2011 season, does admit to one slight concern ahead of his first innings against a pink ball.
He added: "I have no experience with a pink ball and I’m colourblind so it’s going to be an interesting experience!
"But I don’t think that’s going to be a problem for me really."
The four-day match gets underway on Sunday 27 March.
MCC have lost Simon Jones from their original squad after the Welshman pulled out with a knee problem but otherwise Rogers has a fully fit side at his disposal.
Nottinghamshire meanwhile have a host of players unavailable due to injuries and other playing commitments, including England duo Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann.
MCC’s eclectic side includes India star Rahul Dravid, England wicket-keeper Steven Davies and Afghan duo Hamid Hassan and Mohammad Nabi.
The match will be broadcast live on online via BBC local radio. Lords.org will provide regular reports and pictures from Abu Dhabi.