MCC and the Wisden City Cup (WCC) have announced that this year’s most promising WCC player will become an MCC Young Cricketer (YC) in 2012.
The opportunity gives a young player from outside the existing structure of the counties and ECB Premier League’s a chance to ‘fast-track’ their way to a professional contract.
Mark Alleyne, the Head Coach of MCC, will select the lucky WCC player from the Leicester-London Combined XI that will play a 20-over match against MCC YCs on Sunday 11 September at Grace Road, Leicester.
Earlier on the same day, and at the same ground, Leicester will play London in the first inter-city cup final.
Former England all-rounder Alleyne praised the WCC for its work in unearthing new talent.
"The Wisden City Cup is doing some great work in reaching out to find undiscovered talent." he said.
"MCC Young Cricketers exists to identify promising players and support them through to the first-class game, so the coming together of the two is a perfect fit.
"I’m looking forward to seeing the ability on show this year and working with their best player next season."
A new partnership
The Wisden City Cup, designed to promote inner-city cricket and social cohesion, has been staged in London under the auspices of Middlesex CCC since 2009.
Leicestershire & Rutland CCC are launching a WCC competition in Leicester this summer.
The YC scheme demonstrates MCC’s determination to foster new talent and maintain its position as the world's most active cricket-playing club.
The YCs are provided with world-class facilities and top coaching at Lord’s, with the team competing in the Second Eleven Championship and the Second Eleven Trophy.
Recent alumni include Darren Sammy (West Indies), Ross Taylor (New Zealand), Kevin O'Brien (Ireland) and Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire).