KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
Founded in 1787, Marylebone Cricket Club is the most active and famous cricket club in the world and owner of Lord's Cricket Ground - the Home of Cricket.
© Copyright 2014
On Friday 7 February an MCC touring party met at Lord's ahead of their fortnight-long tour to Malaysia and Singapore.
The tour will be led by former Lancashire captain Mark Chilton, alongside Tour Manager Robert Baxter.
It will be the club's first overseas tour of 2014.
The party will depart for Kuala Lumpur on Saturday 8 February and will play five games in an action-packed tour, starting with a 50-over match against Malaysia Cricket Association on Tuesday 11 February at the Kinrara Oval.
This game will kick off a five-game round-robin tournament between MCC, Malaysia Cricket Association and Singapore Cricket Association, with the top two sides meeting again in a final on Sunday 16 February.
MCC will then travel to Singapore the following day, and will be giving coaching sessions to keen young cricketers on 17 and 18 February at the Kallang Cricket Ground: the home of Singapore Cricket Club.
The tour will finish with the showpiece 50-over match against Singapore Cricket Club at Padang Cricket Ground, before an evening reception.
It’s always great to see cricket gaining popularity in places where it’s not been traditionally played
This will be the fifth time MCC have sent a squad to Singapore and Malaysia. The club visited Malaysia at the end of a tour to New Zealand in 1960/61 before the first joint tour of Singapore and Malaysia took place in 1970, led by former MCC President Tony Lewis.
The party also included Geoff Boycott, who scored an unbeaten 144 in a match against the Malaysia Cricket Association President’s XI on 3 March.
MCC sent another squad to Singapore and Malaysia in 1994 led by Giles Toogood before touring Singapore only in 2001. The club also toured both countries in both 2002 and 2005
Mark Chilton said: "This is the first time I’ve been involved with an MCC touring party and it was a privilege to be asked to captain the side.
"I’m very much looking forward to getting out there now.
"It’s always great to see cricket gaining popularity in places where it’s not been traditionally played, and hopefully our tour to these two great countries can get some more locals interested in the game and the work of MCC.”
MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson said: “MCC tours are an extremely important part of the club’s work, and we’ve got a very talented group of cricketers heading out to the Far East.
"We have visited these two great countries on many occasions previously and I’m confident our presence there can continue to develop the game of cricket in Singapore and Malaysia.”