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MCC players to make Tanzania return

Two MCC playing Members who toured Tanzania with the Club in October are returning to the country in January to boost the standard of their regional T20 tournament.

It’s a good opportunity

Richard Wilkinson of Barnt Green CC and Chris Watling of Aston Rowant CC are two of three players heading from England to take part in the fifth edition of the African Premier League (APL) which is taking place in Tanzania.

Both players were part of MCC's team who toured the country for 12 days in October this year, playing six fixtures against a variety of local teams and delivering coaching sessions to local children.

Simon Prodger managed MCC's recent trip and has significant links to cricket in Tanzania through his position as Chairman of Watford CC and set-up Wilkinson and Watling's return to Africa.

"It’s a good opportunity to back up the recent visit from the MCC and have some form of continuation," he told

Both players assisted in MCC's three coaching sessions with young players and are prepared to help develop the game on the ground again come January through coaching and organisation of the four franchise competition.

Prodger, whose work with Tanzanian cricket began when he put a side together to play the national team in the UK in 2008 and has continued through a scheme bringing players to the Hertfordshire league each summer, described his management of the recent tour as coming full circle.

And he was clearly delighted that MCC's work in the country would be continuing beyond 2012.

He added: "The opportunity to get MCC players involved with overseas development post-tour is a rare one but one which should clearly be taken with open hands."

MCC undertakes four men's overseas tours a year to aid the development of cricket in across the globe. It also sends a women's team abroad biannually.

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