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Thirty talented young cricketers will represent MCC on an eleven day pre-season training camp in the UAE from 14 – 25 March.
It will be the third year that a joint tour to Abu Dhabi and Dubai has been delivered for the MCC Young Cricketers and a combined MCC Universities (MCCU) side, following the success of the inaugural tour in 2011.
It is a superb opportunity for all the players
In addition to training in the world class facilities available at the Zayed International Cricket Stadium, the YCs and MCCU players will get the opportunity to test their skills against professional county opposition.
Mark Alleyne’s MCC YCs team meanwhile will take on Sussex CCC in a 40 over clash in Abu Dhabi, while the MCCU side will play against Lancashire CCC in a 40 over match at 7he Sevens Cricket Ground in Dubai.
Both sides will also compete against each other in a mix of multi-day, forty over and Twenty20 cricket during the eleven day tour.
MCC Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, spoke of the Club's ongoing support for youth cricket.
"MCC is delighted that it can continue to support the development of young cricket talent, by delivering the third successive pre-season training tour to the UAE for the MCC YCs and combined MCCU side," said the former England international.
"The format has proven to be very successful in previous years, and I know that there is a real sense of excitement amongst both squads ahead of the trip.
"The opportunity to play cricket overseas and in different conditions is essential early-on in a player’s career, so this tour provides a perfect opportunity for 30 talented young players to gain valuable experience."
MCC Head Coach, and former Gloucestershire and England cricketer, Mark Alleyne, added: "There has been a lot of anticipation in both the MCC YCs and MCCU camps in the build up to this tour.
Watch: Mark Alleyne on the 2013 MCC YCs
"It is a superb opportunity for all the players to get out into the middle and play some hard cricket ahead of the domestic season in England, and the fixtures against Lancashire and Sussex in particular will provide a tough challenge."
The MCCU combined side was selected from the six MCCU centres, and was chosen by former England Test match batsman, Clive Radley, based on performances during the 2012 season.