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MCC set off on Greece tour

MCC will partake in a short, four match tour of Greece in order to help the national team prepare for the ICC European Division two Twenty20 Championship.

Sheffield Collegiate Cricket Club all-rounder, Matthew Dixon, will captain a diverse touring party, which includes MCC Members from across the country.

They will play three 50 over matches and one T20 match against the Greek national side at the Esplanade Ground in Corfu Town.

The matches will help the Greek players to hone their skills ahead of the T20 Championship in Belgium.

There they will compete against the likes of Spain, Switzerland and the Isle of Man in the shortest format of the game.

MCC will also deliver several coaching sessions for local schools throughout the five day stay in a bid to improve the standard of cricket in Greece.

Committed to development

MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson underlined MCC’s commitment to increasing the international appeal of cricket throughout the world.

He said: “We very much hope that by providing good opposition for Greece’s national side, alongside the delivery of some coaching in local schools, that this will help to spread the game further throughout the country.

“The Club’s relationship with the Hellenic Cricket Federation and other governing bodies across Europe forms an important part of developing talent in emerging nations.

“One of the initial objectives for this tour is to support Greece’s preparations for the ICC T20 Championship next month, but I am hopeful that it will also have a longer-lasting effect on the development of cricket in a nation which is steeped in sporting tradition.”

MCC teams are becoming regular visitors to Greece, having toured twice in the past fifteen years, most recently in 2003.

The Club aims to help continue the ongoing expansion of cricket across the nation, which was granted Affiliate Membership of the ICC in 1995.

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