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MCC undertakes numerous overseas tours to help develop the global game. MCC's touring programme currently takes in four men's tours a year, and one women's tour every other year

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The Club are sending a strong twelve-man squad to Lahore to play a series of matches, with MCC President Kumar Sangakkara captaining the side.

The concept of an MCC tour to the country has been a long-stated aim of the MCC World Cricket committee. It is a clear demonstration of the Club’s support for Pakistan’s cricketers and fans, who have been affected by the country’s decade-long exile from hosting international cricket, which came to an end last month.

The tour will take place between 13th and 19th February and MCC will play a 50-over match and three T20 games during the trip, with all the fixtures taking place in Lahore.

Lahore Qalandars will provide the Club’s first opposition in a floodlit T20 match at the Gaddafi Stadium. Lahore can boast Pakistan international stars such as Shaheen Afridi and Fakhar Zaman amongst their ranks for this year’s edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Pakistan Shaheens - effectively the nation’s ‘A’ team – will play MCC in a 50-over match at Aitchison College two days later, and the hosts will be captained by Saud Shakeel.

The Club will then switch back to T20 for matches against Pakistan’s domestic T20 champions Northern, and Multan Sultans of the PSL, who will include England’s Moeen Ali and James Vince in their squad for the tournament which begins shortly after the MCC tour.

Date

Opposition

Format

Result

Friday 14th February

Lahore Qalandars

T20

 MCC won by 4 wickets

Sunday 16th February 

Pakistan Shaheens

50 overs

 Pakistan Shaheens won by 5 wickets

Monday 17th February

Northern

T20

 Northern won by 9 runs

Wednesday 19th February

Multan Sultans 

T20

 MCC won by 72 runs

Ajmal Shazad - Coach
Kumar Sangakkara - Captain
Ravi Bopara
Michael Burgess
Oliver Hannon-Dalby
Fred Klaassen
Michael Leask
Arron Lilley
Roelof van der Merwe
Imran Qayyum
Will Rhodes
Safyaan Sharif
Ross Whiteley
Samit Patel*

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.

 

Date

Opposition

Format

Result

Saturday 18th January

Belgrano Athletic Club

50 overs

MCC won by 72 runs

Sunday 19th January 

Argentina 

50 overs

MCC won by 5 wickets

Tuesday 21st January

Argentina 

35 overs

MCC won by 27 runs

Thursday 23rd January

Junior Clinic followed by T20 v Argentina 

T20

MCC won by 7 runs

Saturday 25th January

2 x T20 v Argentina 

T20

Macth 1: MCC lost by 7 wickets

Match 2: MCC lost by 3 wickets

Sunday 26th January

2 x T20 v Argentina

T20

Match 1: MCC won by 94 runs

Match 2: MCC won by 60 runs

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.

MCC complete their overseas touring programme for 2019 later this week when a thirteen-man squad departs for Sierra Leone.

The thirteen-day trip – which will see MCC play both 50-over and T20 cricket on the trip – is the first tour the Club has sent to Sierra Leone since 2003.

The squad of MCC Playing Members has been selected from a variety of areas from across the UK and Ireland. They will travel to the capital Freetown, where they will be met by the President of Sierra Leone, before training ahead of a busy playing programme across the fortnight.

The touring party will play a pair of matches against the Sierra Leone Under-19 team in the T20 and 50-over formats respectively, either side of a visit to the provinces where the squad will undertake a coaching session at the Mokonde Grounds in Njala.

MCC will then face the Sierra Leone national team in a 50-over match and two T20 matches, before ending the tour with a T20 against a Combined XI and another 50-over clash with the national side. All matches will be played at the Prince of Wales Grounds in Freetown.

Sierra Leone became an Affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2002 and an Associate nation in 2017. MCC has a long-standing relationship with the Sierra Leone Cricket Association (SLCA) having toured the West African nation several times prior to the most recent visit in 2003. The Club donated cricket nets and flooring to the SLCA in 2011 which were previously in use within the MCC Cricket Academy at Lord’s.

The squad will be captained by Gus Kennedy, who has represented both Cambridge and Oxford Universities in first-class cricket.

The Tour Manager for the trip is Jamie Clifford, MCC Assistant Secretary (Membership & Operations).

Match schedule

Date

Opposition

Format

Result

Saturday 30th November

Sierra Leone Under-19s

T20

MCC won by 4 wickets

Sunday 1st December

Sierra Leone

T10

MCC won by 5 runs

Monday 2nd December

Sierra Leone Under-19s

35 overs

MCC won by 7 wickets

Tuesday 3rd December

Sierra Leone 'A'

35 overs

MCC won by 2 wickets

Thursday 5th December

Sierra Leone

T20

MCC won by 6 runs

Thursday 5th December

Sierra Leone

T10

SL won by 5 runs

Saturday 7th December

Combined XI

T20

SL won by 18 runs

Sunday 8th December

Sierra Leone

35 overs

SL won by 4 wickets

 

 

 

 

MCC squad to Tour Sierra Leone

Jamie Clifford – Tour Manager
Gus Kennedy – Captain
Nick Anderson (Didsbury CC)
Sam Arthurton (Great Witchingham CC)
Jordan Bulpitt (Walsall CC)
Andrew Curtis (Weybridge CC)
Toby Drummond (Burton Leonard CC)
Robin Fisher (Chester Boughton Hall CC)
Peter Richer (Thriplow CC)
Fionn Hand (Cricket Leinster)
Edward Jones (MCC)
Ryan Lewis (Belvoir CC)
Adam Soilleux (Hadleigh and Thundersley CC)
Jack Parish (Buckingham Town CC)
Chris Watts – Umpire

As announced in the summer of 2018, MCC has introduced into its overseas touring programme a series of Legacy Tours, aimed at leaving a sustainable and meaningful impact in developing cricket nations.

The first of these is Nepal, with the Club committing to touring Nepal for three years from 2019 to 2021 inclusive. The MCC Foundation will support MCC in this objective, by funding programmes off the pitch which includes laying nets in five government schools, upskilling local coaches and teachers, and broadening access to the game for Nepali boys and girls.

A strong 13-man squad will be departing London for Nepal on 1st November, and will play six matches in the two-week trip including a three-day match against the Nepal national side, which has been granted first-class status.

Former Hampshire batsman Jimmy Adams is the MCC captain for the tour. Adams enjoyed a sixteen-year career with Hampshire and is currently second eleven coach at the Ageas Bowl.

Yasir Arafat, who represented Pakistan in all three formats of the game, is included in the squad. The seamer also enjoyed stints at no less than five counties and is still one of the world’s leading T20 wicket-takers.

Tom Westley, who recently helped Essex to their second Specsavers County Championship title in three seasons, will bring further international experience to MCC having played five Test Matches for England in 2017, whilst Derbyshire skipper Billy Godleman, who enjoyed an impressive 2019 season making over 1,000 Championship runs, is also included.

 

Match schedule

Date

Opposition

Location

Format

Result

Sunday 3rd November

Nepal Under-19s

Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground, Kathmandu

50 overs

MCC won by 38 runs

Monday 4th November

Nepal

Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground, Kathmandu

50 overs

Nepal won by 5 wickets

Wednesday 6th – Friday 8th November

Nepal

Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground, Kathmandu

First-class three-day match

MCC won by 208 runs

Saturday 9th November

Mixed National Side/Under-19s

Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground, Kathmandu

T20

MCC won by 113 runs

Monday 11th November

Pokhara Invitational XI

Pokhara Rangasala Cricket Ground, Pokhara

T20

MCC won by 42 runs

Tuesday 12th November

Chief Minister’s XI

Pokhara Rangasala Cricket Ground, Pokhara

T20

MCC won by 4 runs

 

MCC squad to Tour Nepal:

Jimmy Adams (Captain)
Former Hampshire batsman Adams enjoyed a sixteen-year career with Hampshire and is currently second eleven coach at the Ageas Bowl. He scored over 14,000 first-class runs during his career, and also hit over 6,500 in white-ball cricket.

Yasir Arafat
Yasir Arafat represented Pakistan in all three formats of the game. The seamer also enjoyed stints at no less than five counties and is still one of the world’s leading T20 wicket-takers, having played for a range of teams around the globe.

Billy Godleman
Derbyshire captain Godleman enjoyed a fine 2019 campaign, scoring over 2,000 runs in all three formats of the game, as well as over 1,000 first-class runs in the Specsavers County Championship.

Miles Hammond
Gloucestershire all-rounder Hammond has previously represented England Under-19’s. A left-hand bat and right-arm offbreak bowler, he scored a century in only his fourth first-class appearance for the Bristol-based County.

Oliver Hannon-Dalby
Warwickshire seamer Hannon-Dalby is a tall medium-fast bowler who began his career at Yorkshire, but moved to Edgbaston in 2013 and has since become a regular for the Bears, featuring in all formats of the game.

Callum Jackson
Former England Under-19 wicketkeeper-batsman Jackson has County experience with both Sussex, the county of his birth, and Kent. He made his first-class debut for Sussex against Australia in 2013.

Will Rhodes
Rhodes is an all-rounder who has made his home at the top of the order for Warwickshire, having emerged originally with Yorkshire, for whom he made his first-class debut against MCC in Abu Dhabi in 2015.

Alex Spencer
Spencer is a wicketkeeper-batsman who has County experience from playing for Gloucestershire and Nottinghamshire’s second elevens. He has also represented Hertfordshire, the county of his birth, in Minor Counties cricket.

Alex Thomson
Bowling all-rounder Thomson graduated from Cardiff MCCU, having made his first-class debut in 2014. He played Minor Counties cricket for Staffordshire before signing professional terms with Warwickshire in 2018.

Will Vanderspar
A batsman who is also capable of bowling seam, Vanderspar is a former Leeds/Bradford MCCU player, having made four first-class appearances for his University. He toured Botswana with MCC in 2014.

Ed Young
Formerly of Oxford MCCU, all-rounder Young played for Gloucestershire for four seasons before moving on to Wiltshire, who he currently represents in Minor Counties cricket.

Tom Westley
Westley helped Essex to their second Specsavers County Championship title in three seasons in 2019, and brings further international experience to the MCC squad having played five Test Matches for England in 2017.

Chris Wright
Seamer Wright played for Cambridge MCCU and emerged originally at Essex, before switching to Warwickshire and winning recognition with England Lions. He moved to Leicestershire in 2018.

Richard Greatorex (Tour Manager)
Owen Dawkins (Coach)
Jeff Evans (Umpire)
Alan Jones (Scorer)

 

 

The fourteen-day tour, which will concentrate solely on T20 cricket, will see MCC compete in the Central American Cricket Championship. It is the first of three overseas trips for the Club this year, with visits to Nepal and Sierra Leone planned for later in 2019.

Initially, the squad will travel to Costa Rica, playing three matches against the national team. All three games will be hosted at the Los Reyes Polo Club, located just outside the capital city, San José.

MCC will then head to Mexico, where they will take on the four nations – Belize, Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama – competing in the Central American Championship. This is the seventh edition of the tournament, which MCC won in 2017.

All the games in the tournament, which is played in a round-robin format, will be played at the Reforma Athletic Club. The matches between nations will be played as official T20Is, following ICC’s announcement that, from the beginning of 2019, T20 matches between all ICC Member countries would be granted T20I status.

Fixture Date Format Result
MCC vs. Costa Rica Friday 19th April T20 MCC won by 22 runs - Scorecard
MCC vs. Costa Rica Saturday 20th April T20 MCC won by 7 wickets - Scorecard
MCC vs. Costa Rica Sunday 21st April T20 MCC won by 90 runs - Scorecard
MCC vs Belize Thursday 25th April T20 MCC won by 3 wickets - Scorecard
MCC vs Mexico Friday 26th April T20 MCC won by 8 runs - Scorecard
MCC v Panama Saturday 27th April T20 MCC won by 6 wickets - Scorecard
MCC v Costa Rica Sunday 28th April T20 MCC won by 100 runs - Scorecard

 

Graeme Rickman (Manager)

After a long stint working in the MCC Cricket Office, Graeme qualified as a Playing Member and has since represented the Club across the world. He has continued to play a role with MCC since departing in 2004, as Area Representative for the North West and now acts as the North Mentor. He currently works with the Cheshire Cricket Board managing their coach education programme and developing young cricketers in Cheshire, as well as playing in the Cheshire Premier League for Neston.

Storm Green (Andover CC)- Captain

An Army Officer in the Coldstream Guards, Green splits his time between playing cricket, guarding the Queen and being deployed to many different corners of the world. Born and bred in South Africa, Green plays for Andover Cricket Club in the Southern Premier Cricket League.

Richard Atkins (New Farnley CC)

Atkins is an all-rounder who has previously represented Loughborough MCCU and Northland in District Cricket in New Zealand, and has played for New Farnley Cricket Club in the Bradford Premier Cricket League for the past nine years.

Guy Balmford (Brentwood CC)

A traditional right-hand opening batsman, Balmford plays for Brentwood in the Essex Premier League. Away from cricket, he is a Graduate Surveyor at Countryside Properties and is currently working towards his chartership.

James Hawley (Cuckney CC)

Hawley is a left-hand opening batsman and left-arm spin bowler who plays his cricket for Cuckney Cricket Club in the Nottinghamshire Premier Cricket League. He has helped his team win the league three times in the last five years, as well as triumphing in the Nottinghamshire T20 Trophy in 2018.

Thomas Jenkins (Radlett CC)

Playing for Radlett Cricket Club in the Hertfordshire Premier Cricket League, Jenkins is a first year Member of the Club and has been on the Tour of the Channel Islands a number of times.

Clint McCabe (Twickenham CC)

McCabe moved to the UK ten years ago from South Africa, and has spent thirteen of the last fifteen years playing Premier League Cricket. For the last six years, he has played for Twickenham Cricket Club in the Middlesex Premier Cricket League as a middle-order batsman and left-arm spinner.

Muhammad Nadeem Khan (RLCA)

The former Pakistan international played two Test Matches and two One-Day Internationals for his country in the 1990’s, claiming the impressive scalps of Desmond Haynes and Brian Lara on his debut. The slow-left armer took 534 first-class wickets in 153 matches, and also claimed 199 List A wickets in 143 matches.

Daniel Lewis-Williams (Mumbles CC)

Lewis-Williams represented Cardiff MCCU and made his first-class debut against Glamorgan in 2015. He had earlier played age group cricket for Somerset, before moving to Wales and represented Glamorgan’s Second Eleven and Wales Minor Counties. The all-rounder bowls left-arm medium fast and plays for Mumbles Cricket Club in the South Wales Premier Cricket League.

Kez Ahmed (Woodlands CC)

An off-spinner who plays for Woodlands Cricket Club in the Bradford Premier Cricket League, Kez Ahmed has previously toured Oman and Bahrain with MCC.

Rishi Pandya (Stanmore CC)

Pandya is a top-order batsman who plays for Stanmore Cricket Club in the Middlesex League, who last year reached the final of the Royal London Club Championship. He has previously represented Leeds/Bradford MCCU whilst studying for a degree in both dentistry and medicine.

Alistair Ponder (AB Wanderers) 

Ponder is a top order batsman who plays for AB Wanderers, a club which is based near Norwich. He has played club cricket in both the UK and New Zealand, as well as touring South Africa and West Indies. Away from cricket, he is a Partner in the Commercial Team at Spire Solicitors in Norfolk, having previously worked as a lawyer for Richard Branson.

Sam Smith (Brondesbury CC)

Smith is an all-rounder who plays for Brondesbury in the Middlesex Cricket League, and describes his game as trying to hit the ball hard and bowl a heavy ball.

Chris Vernon (Tenterden CC)

A left-hand opening bat and right-arm medium pace bowler, Vernon plays his club cricket for Tenterden Cricket Club in Kent, also represented the County in all the age groups up to the Second Eleven. He has been a full Member of MCC for five years.

Bob Baxter (Umpire)

Having played for over four decades in the Middlesex League, Baxter took up umpiring four years ago and now officiates in MCC and Middlesex Over 50’s matches. He has been Chairman of the Middlesex County Cricket League for the last twenty years and also serves on the Middlesex CCC Executive Board.

Past Tours

As part of its active playing programme, which involves its teams playing around 500 matches a year, MCC undertakes numerous overseas tours.

In planning these trips, MCC works closely with the International Cricket Council. This helps to maximise the tours' effectiveness in increasing cricket's international appeal and assisting national teams' move towards one-day international or even Test status.

MCC's touring programme currently takes in four men's tours a year, and one women's tour every other year.

2020

The Club had been due to visit the Czech Republic, Nepal, Spain and Uganda in 2020, having already toured Argentina and Pakistan in the early part of the year. However, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the trips will now not take place.

MCC Touring Programme for 2019

19th-28th April - Costa Rica & Mexico
3rd-12th November - Nepal
30th November-8th December - Sierra Leone

MCC Touring Programme for 2018

8-18th March - Brazil and Chile
20-24th July  - Belgium
5-15th October - Kenya
24th November- 1st December - Thailand

MCC Touring Programme for 2017

15 - 29 March - Mexico & Belize    
28 May - 2 June - Germany    
27 September - 8 October - China & Hong Kong  
November- Tanzania    

MCC Touring Programme for 2016

2-14 February - Bahrain/Oman  
7-12 August - Netherlands    
8-22 September - USA
8 - 22 September - USA & Canada (Women's Tour)    
4 - 13 November - Namibia    

MCC Touring Programme for 2015

March - Suriname & Panama  
July - Denmark    
September - Menorca    
October/November - Nepal    
December/January 2016 - South Africa    

MCC Touring programme 2014

8 -22 Feburary - Singapore & Malaysia
5 -11 June - Finland
22 September - 4 October - Botswana
11- 26 October - China & Hong Kong (Women)
29 October - 10 November - Japan

MCC Touring programme 2013

20 February - 5 March  - Argentina
16-27 April - Cayman Islands
5-10 May - France
26 September - 5 October - Cyprus
3-16 October - Uganda