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Boycott leads MCC tour of Bermuda Published: 21 September 2011

Geoffrey Boycott will act as an Ambassador for MCC on their final tour of the year to Bermuda to play a series of 50 and 20 over matches.

The MCC outfit depart Lord’s on 23 September and kick off their tour against a President’s XI.

They then proceed to play the Bermuda national team on five occasions, as well as taking on the Bermuda under 19s and a Bermuda A side in a triangular Twenty20 competition.

Former Scotland captain Craig Wright a strong MCC squad, which includes several players with first class cricket experience, along with other MCC Members from across the country.

Unicorns duo Chris Thompson and Chris Benham will be looking to set a high playing standard, while Oxford MCC Universities graduate, Josh Knappett, will don the gloves behind the stumps.

MCC Young Cricketers’ captain, Paul Muchall, will fill the all-rounder position and MCC’s Chairman of Cricket Mike Griffth is the team Manager.

'Fond memories'
England and Yorkshire legend Boycott, also a Member of MCC’s World Cricket Committee, will offer advice and a wealth of experience to the Bermuda Cricket Board, which has been an Associate Member of the ICC since 1966.

Boycott said: “I’m very much looking forward to the tour. I have fond memories from when I last toured the Island with Yorkshire in 1964, and I’m sure that this group of MCC players will enjoy themselves – it is a wonderful place to play cricket.

“During the 60s and 70s the standard of cricket in Bermuda was very strong – they were one of the best Associate Nations in the world.

“In more recent times however things appear to have gone downhill, and other sides such as Canada, Ireland and Kenya have bypassed them on the world stage.
“Through my ambassadorial position I intend to ask questions to try and find out why this has happened, and offer my experience and encouragement to help reignite their ambition to play at the highest level once again.

"MCC plays a significant role in assisting with the development of world cricket – look at what the Club has already achieved in supporting the progression of the game in Afghanistan.

“I hope that this tour will act as a similar kick-start for the Bermudan players and the Bermuda Cricket Board.”

Development

MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson added: “Cricket has a long and diverse history in Bermuda, and I am delighted that MCC has the opportunity to assist with the ongoing development of the sport on the Island.

“We are sending an experienced squad, which we hope will provide challenging opposition for the talented Bermudian players in preparation for the World T20 qualifying event next year.

“The Bermuda Cricket Board is doing an excellent job at promoting cricket as a national sport, and it is particularly heartening to see that MCC’s Spirit of Cricket message is included within the core values underpinning the work that they do.”

MCC teams have previously toured Bermuda twice in the past twenty-four years, most recently in 2001.

The 2011 visit will be the final overseas outing for the Club this season, following tours to Namibia, Hong Kong and Greece earlier in the year.


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