The thirteen-day trip is the Club’s first visit to the South American country since 2013 and MCC will play a mixture of 50-over and T20 cricket on the tour.
The squad of MCC Playing Members has been selected from areas across the UK, including Cheshire, Essex and Nottinghamshire. The majority of fixtures will be played against the Argentinian National Team, who are currently ranked 47th in the ICC T20 rankings and won the 2019 South American Men’s Championships in November.
Matches will take place in Buenos Aires, at the Belgrano Athletic Club and the Hurlingham Club. Both grounds hosted first-class cricket against MCC in the early part of the twentieth century.
MCC Overseas Tours aim to develop the game in areas of the world where cricket is less popular and the Club has played regularly against teams from South America in recent years. This tour will also include a junior coaching clinic at the Belgrano Athletic Club, where the squad will pass on tips to local youngsters.
International cricket was first played in Argentina in the mid-nineteenth century and the country went on to play a number of first-class matches between 1911 and 1938. Despite a post-war decline as a cricketing nation, Argentina joined the International Cricket Council (ICC) as an Associate Member in 1974 and currently competes in various ICC tournaments.
MCC’s tour will be managed by Darren Bicknell, the former Surrey and Nottinghamshire batsman. The 52 year-old scored just shy of 20,000 first-class runs in his 19-year career as a professional cricketer and he is currently Chairman of Cricket at Nottinghamshire CCC and Head Coach of the county’s Under-15 team.
The captain for the tour is Hassan Khan, who plays for Finchley Cricket Club in the Middlesex County League. Born and raised in Australia, the all-rounder has spent the last decade in the UK and previously played for Ealing CC.
Darren Bicknell (Manager)
Former Surrey, Nottinghamshire and Cambridgeshire batsman Bicknell is the Tour Manager for this MCC tour. The 52 year-old is currently Chairman of cricket at Nottinghamshire CCC and Head Coach of the county’s Under-15 team. He scored just shy of 20,000 first-class runs in a career that spanned nineteen years.
His current role away from the game sees him work as Chief Executive of the Belvoir Cricket & Countryside Trust; a charity based in the East Midlands who work with primary school children and children with special needs, to encourage participation in cricket and countryside activities.
Neil Bainton (Umpire)
Bainton is the Club’s umpire for the trip and has previously toured Mozambique and Uganda with MCC. Since being promoted to the ECB’s full first-class list in 2006, the 49 year-old has umpired over 200 matches at domestic level, as well as standing in the Kia Super League Final of 2018.
Rohan Bhome (Buckhurst Hill)
Leg-spinner Bhome became a Playing Member of MCC in 2015, and played for the Club on the 2018 tour of Brazil and Chile. He plays his cricket for Buckhurst Hill CC in Essex, a team he has represented since the age of six.
Sam Burge (East Molesey)
Wicketkeeper-batsman Burge is the captain of East Molesey CC in the Premier Division of the Surrey Championship. He is also the treasurer for the Club Cricket Conference, which does integral work in the promotion and maintenance of club cricket.
Ben Claypole (Brondesbury)
Born in Australia, seamer Claypole has lived in the UK for the past 22 years, playing for a number of clubs around the country before settling in London with Brondesbury CC. He lists his cricketing highlight as playing for the Australia Country XI against Pakistan in 2000.
Matthew Dickinson (Richmond)
Dickinson spent a decade in Australia after leaving school, but returned to the UK in 2015 and joined Richmond CC, bringing his experience from Melbourne – where he had captained and been President of his Australian side – to the Middlesex club.
Jonathan Fawcett (East Molesey)
Slow left-armer Fawcett plays for East Molesey CC in Surrey, and has previously represented Cheshire in Minor Counties cricket. The 32 year-old has been a full Member of MCC for six years, and is a keen marathon runner away from the game.
Hassan Khan (Finchley)
Born and raised in Australia, Khan has been in the UK for over a decade and the middle order batsman, who also bowls right- arm seam, plays for Finchley CC in the Middlesex County League, having previously represented Ealing CC.
Johan Malcolm (Beckenham)
Beginning his career with Kent, Malcolm played for Loughborough UCCE, for whom he made his first-class debut. He went on to play in the County Championship and Pro40 competitions for Leicestershire, and also played for Denmark in the country’s World Cup qualifying campaigns. Malcolm plays his club cricket for Beckenham CC.
James Overy (Brondesbury)
Working in the MCC Cricket Office at Lord’s, Overy is involved in the organisation of every one of the Club’s overseas tours each year. He captains Brondesbury CC in the Middlesex Premier League and previously toured Uganda with the Club in 2013.
Oli Smithson (Datchet)
Having spent three years on the MCC Young Cricketers programme at Lord’s, left-arm seamer and versatile tailender Smithson now plays his club cricket for Datchet CC in the Home Counties Premier League.
Will Phillips (Richmond)
Having become an MCC Member in 2013, Phillips played first-class cricket for Durham MCCU. He opens the batting and bowls seam for Richmond CC and toured Kenya with MCC in 2018, as well as completing short tours to Ireland and Menorca in 2016.
Thomas Ullyott (Cuckney)
A top-order batsman and occasional right-arm off-spinner, Ullyott currently plays for Cuckney CC in the Nottinghamshire Premier League, helping them to title success in three of the last six seasons, and won the Notts T20 Trophy in both 2018 and 2019.
David Atkin (Chester Boughton Hall)
Right arm seamer Atkin has played his club cricket at Chester Boughton Hall for 25 years. He became a Playing Member of the MCC in 2012, toured Suriname & Panama with the Club in 2015 and represented an MCC North XI at Lord's in 2019.
Dane Williams (Neston)
Williams plays his club cricket for Neston in the Cheshire County League, and has represented both Cheshire and Lancashire. He has spent the last two years playing and coaching in Australia, and lists playing for MCC North West at Lord’s in 2017 as the highlight of his cricketing career.