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Jones out of Champion County Published: 22 March 2011

Simon Jones has been forced to withdraw from MCC’s squad to face Nottinghamshire in the Champion County match in Abu Dhabi starting on 27 March.

The 32-year-old former England fast bowler has experienced some discomfort in his knee and has made the decision as a precautionary measure.

Jones is replaced in the squad by MCC Young Cricketer (YC) Paul Muchall who is currently in Abu Dhabi on pre-season tour.

Pathway

MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson, who will manage the side in Abu Dhabi, admitted it was a shame Jones has been forced to pull out of the squad.

But Stephenson added that Jones’ misfortune could work to 24-year-old Muchall’s advantage.

He said: "One of MCC’s key objectives is to provide a pathway into the professional game for talented young cricketers, and this represents another avenue for Paul to develop his game, and share a dressing room with some very experienced players.

"I am sure that Paul will be raring to get stuck in and make the most of the opportunity."

Muchall's chance

Muchall is a batting all-rounder who had an excellent season with the YCs in 2010, scoring over 550 runs in the Second XI Championship.

He also represented Kent in the CB40 tournament towards the end of the summer.

Muchall is captaining the YCs on their pre-season tour in Abu Dhabi, where they are playing matches against a combined MCC Universities team and an Emirates Development XI.

He will share a dressing room with a talented squad captained by Australia international Chris Rogers and featuring India star Rahul Dravid and England wicket-keeper Steven Davies.

For the second consecutive season, the match will be played as a day-night affair with a pink ball as MCC explore the possibility of floodlit Test cricket.

MCC Squad:
Player    Team(s)

Chris Rogers *
    

Middlesex & Australia

Steven Davies †
    

Surrey & England

Rahul Dravid
    

India (Champion County fixture only)

Sourav Ganguly
    

India (Twenty20 only)

Hamid Hassan
    

Afghanistan

Gary Keedy
    

Lancashire

Steve Kirby
    

Somerset & England Lions

Dawid Malan
    

Middlesex

Stephen Moore
    

Lancashire & England Lions

Mohammad Nabi
    

Afghanistan

Stephen Peters
    

Northamptonshire

Toby Roland-Jones
    

Middlesex

Omar Ali
    

MCC Young Cricketer

Paul Muchall
    

MCC Young Cricketer

* denotes captain
† denotes wicket-keeper


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