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MCC have announced their overseas tours plans for 2010, which include trips to the United Arab Emirates, USA, Vanuatu, Spain and the Caribbean.
Five tours in 2010
The touring programme in 2010 starts with a February trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.
This follows the Club's landmark decision to move the season opening MCC v Champion County match to Abu Dhabi and will see a strong touring side taking on their hosts.
Next on the itinerary is an MCC Women's tour to Trinidad & Tobago. The women's side will visit the Caribbean from 23 February - 11 March, playing at some of cricket's most picturesque grounds, including the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad.
Later in March an MCC side will visit the United States - playing in California and then Florida. Coinciding with the opening of a new stadium in Fort Lauderdale the tourists will spread the word of cricket to the famously baseball-loving nation.
In late September comes a trip to the Pacific when the Club will visit Vanuatu and New Caledonia. The two Melanesian islands are situated off the north-east coast of Australia and MCC will help to develop local cricket.
Finally, the last tour of the year will be a little closer to home - in Spain and Gibraltar at the end of October.
Gibraltar is famously filled with ex-pats and whilst encouraging the development of cricket there MCC will be aiming to bring cricket to Spaniards on the mainland too.
Squads and itineraries for these tours will be announced on Lords.org - and scorecards from tours matches will also be available here.
John Stephenson, MCC Head of Cricket said: "MCC’s 2010 touring schedule whets the appetite.
"We’re looking forward to revisiting the USA, Spain and Gibraltar, the UAE and Trinidad and Tobago, but also thrilled to be breaking new ground and touring Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
"The development of the game worldwide is central to the Club’s ethos; hence we will be running extensive coaching sessions and donating grants to ensure MCC leaves a positive legacy.
"More MCC Members are applying for tours than ever before, and our tours continue to prove themselves beneficial to both our players and, most importantly, cricket in the countries we visit."
In 2009 the Club toured Mozambique, Nepal, Croatia, Indonesia and Japan - providing coaching, funding for facilities and competitive cricket matches.
MCC are the world's most active cricket club, playing around 500 matches a year.