KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson has declared his pleasure at Rahul Dravid's continued desire to represent MCC, after the India legend was named in the Champion County squad heading for the UAE in March.
It's a nice atmosphere and he just likes being involved
Dravid, who played 509 times for India prior to his retirement from international cricket in 2012, will represent MCC in the Emirates Airline t20 for the second consecutive year.
Speaking to Lords.org, Stephenson explained why the 40-year-old was a perfect fit for his squad to take on Warwickshire and Sussex in Dubai this March.
"He played last year in the t20 and the year before for MCC in the four-day match against Nottinghamshire so he's got a link there.
"It's quite easy for him to come over from India, he's still playing for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL and I think he views it as really good preparation."
In addition to representing the Club on the field in the past couple of seasons, Dravid is also a Member of the MCC World Cricket committee and a supporter of day-night, first-class cricket which has been trialled by MCC in the UAE for the past two winters.
"Obviously, with his allegience to MCC as well, I think he enjoys it," Stephenson continued.
"He can get a bit of practice under his belt, it's a nice atmosphere and he just likes being involved."