Andrew Strauss’ England need to overcome the West Indies in their final group match in Chennai or face the end of their ICC World Cup campaign.
MCC has named a strong squad featuring Chris Rogers, Rahul Dravid and Steven Davies for the Champion County clash with Nottinghamshire in Abu Dhabi.
The shortlist for the Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award 2011 has been announced - with the winner presented at Lord's on 19 April.
MCC are hosting a joint pre-season training camp for MCC Young Cricketers and a combined MCC Universities side in Abu Dhabi from 15-25 March.
Leeds/Bradford MCC University player Brad Kruger made his ICC World Cup debut for Netherlands in their five wicket defeat to hosts India.
Former skipper Michael Vaughan has urged England gamble and take more risks in their pursuit of the ICC World Cup - insisting they can still come out on top in an open tournament.
Former MCC Young Cricketer (YC) Kevin O’Brien’s phenomenal innings of 113 from just 63 balls carried Ireland to a shock World Cup victory over a lacklustre England.
Kevin O’Brien’s former coach at MCC Clive Radley has hailed the Irish batsman as the hardest hitter of the ball he saw after his century against England.
Eighteen players with strong links to MCC will form the large part of the 29-man Unicorns squad - which will take part in the 2011 Clydesdale Bank 40 competition.
All eyes will be on England’s bowlers as they look to avoid an ICC World Cup upset against Ireland in Bangalore.
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