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As the six MCC Universities prepare for their early season, first-class fixtures against the county sides, Professional Cricketers' Association CEO Angus Porter airs his support for the scheme.
Porter spoke to Lord's TV ahead of the annual round of three-day Universities fixtures, with all six MCCU centres kicking off their season on Friday 5 April.
The PCA boss was quick to praise the scheme, which acts as an alternative route into the professional game for around 25% of England qualified county players.
Porter said: "[The PCA] think the scheme is wonderful.
"It's really important that young men who are thinking of building a career in cricket have as many choices open to them as possible and for many of them, the right thing to do is to go to university."
MCC has sponsored the Universities since 2005 and commits £82,400 per-year to all six centres.
And Porter believes it is money well spent: "If they can go to a University where they can get a good academic education and a good cricketing education, that will equip them well for cricket and for life afterwards."
The first Centre of Excellence was started in Durham in 1996, with former England captain Andrew Strauss its most famous graduate.
Other alumni of the MCCUs include England internationals Monty Panesar, James Foster and current Ireland skipper Will Porterfield.