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Dale Benkenstein's MCC squad have departed for their Champion County tour of the UAE where they will take part in the Emirates Airline t20 and the Champion County fixture with Warwickshire.
After landing in the Middle East on Wednesday evening, MCC are joined by Rahul Dravid for the start of the Emirates Airline t20 on Thursday, where they take on last year's Champion County winners Lancashire, Sussex and a Fly Emirates XI.
While Dravid's presence will undoubtedly spur the squad on, MCC will be without the former India captain's IPL teammate Shaun Tait, who was forced out of the squad with a groin problem, and Worcestershire stalwart Alan Richardson, who also withdrew through injury shortly before the tour.
MCC's squad for the first-class, four-day fixture under lights and with a pink ball at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi was therefore temporarily reduced to just 10-men.
Team Manager John Stepehenson reacted quickly to the news though, with Durham seamer Chris Rushworth flown out to join the squad in Abu Dhabi.
Warwickshire meanwhile, who have been in Barbados on a pre-season trip, have named a 13-man squad for the Champion County match.
There is no Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott or Chris Woakes - all of whom are in New Zealand with England - but Ireland captain Will Porterfield will join up with the team after the conclusion of the Emerald Isle's fixture against the UAE in Sharjah.