MCC begins its 2018 touring programme next week as a thirteen-man squad of Playing Members from around the United Kingdom departs for Brazil and Chile. The fifteen-day trip is the first of three overseas tours which will take place this year, with visits to Sweden and Kenya to follow.
MCC will take on the Brazilian, Chilean and Peruvian national sides during the trip, as well as several other fixtures against leading clubs in Brazil and Chile. All matches on the tour will follow the T20 format.
The squad will arrive first in the Chilean capital, Santiago, where they will take on the Prince of Wales Country Club, before fixtures against the national teams of both Chile and Peru. They will also partake in nets and training sessions with the Chilean national women’s team.
The squad will then fly to Brazil and the city of Sao Paulo, where they will play Sao Paolo Cricket Club in two T20 matches, and the Brazil national team, also in two short format games. Rio de Janeiro is the final stop on the tour, where Carioca Cricket Club will be their opponents in four T20 matches across two successive days.
MCC last toured Brazil and Chile in March 2007. Cricket in these countries dates back to the 19th century but their admission to ICC competitions is much more recent; both became Associate Nations in 2002.