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Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has today released a short documentary about the Club’s recent overseas tour to Uganda.
The twenty minute film, a first of its kind, follows the Club’s fourteen-man touring party throughout the two week trip to the African nation at the start of October. It features footage from the seven fixtures played and the various coaching sessions delivered to young Ugandan cricketers, including a session for over two hundred pupils at Jinja Secondary School.
The narrative for the documentary is provided by a series of interviews with several of the MCC players, alongside representatives from Cricket Uganda, including National Coach, Johan Rudolph and former Ugandan cricketer, Sam Walusimbi. Speaking during the film, Walusimbi explains the important role MCC tours can play:
“We still need a lot of help as far as the game is concerned. We don’t have a lot of coaches and the standard is not very high. We need to get coaches to come and help – especially in the schools. During this tour, we have been fortunate for a couple of the quick bowlers from MCC to have a look at three of our young bowlers. These boys will never forget this – they will remember it for all their lives and it will encourage them.”
Nineteen-year-old Uganda fast bowler, Faruk Ochimi, highlighted the good that cricket, and MCC, can achieve by adding:
“It [cricket] has changed my life, big time. From being a street kid, to where I am right now; it has paid for my tuition – my school fees since I was young, my rent and my food, its paying for everything in my life. If cricket wasn’t there, I wouldn’t be here.”
Speaking at the launch of the new film, MCC President, Mike Gatting, said:
“Having been on tour with the Club many times in the past, I found the film to be a strong portrayal of the touring experience, and it provides a further example of the important role that MCC overseas tours continue to play in the development of cricket worldwide.
“The destination of MCC overseas tours is constantly under discussion, with criteria ultimately focussing on where the Club can assist with the development of the game and spread the MCC Spirit of Cricket message to a new audience. Uganda was carefully identified as an area which would benefit from an MCC tour, and this new documentary certainly demonstrates this in action.”
The MCC Uganda tour documentary has been released today – to view it please visit: www.lords.org
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Notes to editors:
Founded in 1787, MCC is the guardian of the Laws and Spirit of Cricket and an innovative independent voice in the world game. It is also the world’s most active cricket-playing club and the owner of Lord’s – The Home of Cricket. The Club plays around 500 games each year at home and abroad, against teams ranging from schools to international sides.
MCC strives to ensure the health of the game from the school field to the international arena, from running coaching sessions for youngsters to undertaking research into the future health of Test cricket.
MCC’s first overseas tour was to Australia in 1903/04 under Pelham Warner’s captaincy. The tour was the result of four years of negotiations between MCC and Melbourne CC, whose Secretary, Major Ben Wardill, believed that future tours from England should come under the aegis of MCC. It was also thought in both countries that MCC, being effectively the governing authority of English cricket, would be able to raise a stronger side than any private venture since only an MCC side would be seen as “official”.
England sides toured as MCC from that 1903/04 tour until the Centenary Test at Melbourne in 1977. Touring teams continued to wear MCC colours until the New Zealand tour in 1997, but were known as “England XI” in non-international matches.
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