MCC has today announced that the remainder of its Overseas Touring Programme for 2020 has been cancelled, due to the outbreak of Covid-19 Coronavirus.
The Club had been due to visit the Czech Republic, Nepal, Spain and Uganda later this year, having already toured Argentina and Pakistan in the early part of 2020. However, in the interests of safety for all concerned, the trips will now not take place.
MCC undertakes numerous tours to various countries, usually to those in which cricket is considered a developing sport. In planning these trips, MCC works closely with the International Cricket Council (ICC). This helps to maximise the tours' effectiveness in increasing cricket's international appeal.
The Club’s touring programme normally comprises of four men's tours a year, and one women's tour every other year. The Nepalese tour which was scheduled for later this year was part of the ‘Legacy Tour’ agreement, in partnership with the MCC Foundation.
John Stephenson, MCC Assistant Secretary (Cricket), said: “Whilst it is disappointing that the Club won’t partake in any further overseas tours this year, the decision is both a sensible and practical one, and I am sure that all the Members who were due to represent the Club will understand our position.
“We are fortunate to have already held two successful tours in 2020 and in particular, we hope that the tour to Pakistan in February will be a major factor in encouraging teams to return to play international cricket in the country.”
MCC will announce its touring programme for 2021 later this year.