MCC departed on a 13-day trip to Uganda on Thursday 3 October to play five limited overs matches and two-day fixture on the Club's final overseas tour of 2013.
Wanstead & Snaresbrook CC’s Arfan Akram will marshal a 14-man squad through seven days of challenging cricket, including matches against the Uganda and Rwanda national teams.
The action starts on Sunday 6 October with a two-day match against a Uganda Cricket Association XI at the Kyambogo Cricket Oval, where funding was granted during the Club's last visit in 2005 to develop the facilities and lay a grass wicket.
The action-packed itinerary also includes three fifty-over fixtures and a twenty20 tournament, with MCC lining up against an Emerging Uganda XI and a Rwanda XI across both limited-overs formats.
MCC are frequent visitors to Africa, most recently touring Namibia in 2011, and have embarked on two previous tours to Uganda during the last ten years – in 2005 and 2008.
MCC's first tour of Africa was to South Africa in 1905/06 under Pelham Warner’s captaincy. Subsequent tours of SA followed soon after, but less predictably the first MCC tour elsewhere in Africa was to Egypt in 1909.
The Club took its first team to East Africa (Tanganyika – now Tanzania – Kenya and Uganda) in 1957/58, playing the Ugandans in a match at Kampala, which MCC won by ten wickets.
MCC Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, said: "MCC has a long and interesting history of touring East Africa, which extends over the past fifty years or so.
"In particular, it is heartening to see the development strides that have been made every time that the Club returns to Uganda, and I’m sure it will be a great experience for the 2013 MCC touring party to play at the Kyambogo Cricket Oval, which has benefited from previous MCC tours to the region.
"We have selected a strong squad for the tour – including several players with minor counties and ECB Premier League experience – which I hope will provide challenging opposition for the Ugandan national players, as they prepare for the ICC World T20 Qualifiers in the UAE in November."
The destination of MCC overseas tours is constantly under discussion, with criteria ultimately focussing on where the Club can assist with the development of the game and spread the MCC Spirit of Cricket message to a new audience.
Uganda has been carefully identified as an area which will currently benefit from an MCC tour, and during the thirteen days MCC aims to help with the ongoing expansion of cricket across the nation, which was granted Associate Membership of the ICC in 1998.
Lords.org will be blogging from MCC's Tour of Uganda. Follow @willroe2 and #MCCinUganda on twitter to find out more about the trip.
|Sun 6 - Mon 7 Oct||MCC v Uganda CA XI (2-day)||Kyambogo Oval|
|Wed 9 Oct||MCC v Emerging Uganda (50 overs)||Lugogo Cricket Oval|
|Fri 11 Oct||MCC v Uganda XI CA (50 overs)||Entebbe Cricket Oval|
|Sun 13 Oct||MCC v Uganda XI v Rwanda XI (t20 tournament)||Lugogo Cricket Oval|
|Mon 14 Oct||MCC v Rwanda Xi (50 overs)||Lugogo Cricket Oval|
|David Otway (Manager)|
|Arfan Akram (Captain)||Wanstead & Snaresbrook CC|
|Chad Barrett||Radlett CC|
|Joseph Barrs||Saffron Walden CC|
|Paul Carter||Cardiff CC|
|Thomas Cox||Shrewsbury CC|
|David Cranfield-Thompson||High Wycombe CC|
|James Irvine-Fortescue||Brook CC|
|Rupert Kitzinger||Bramhall CC|
|Dean Morrison||Springfield CC|
|James Overy||Brondesbury CC|
|Clinton Terrance Perren||Littleborough CC|
|James Wood||Richmond CC|
|Neil Bainton (Umpire)|