A Combined MCC Universities squad played their first game of a five-match pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi and Dubai on Sunday 16 March.
The squad, which is formed from the six MCC Universities, departed for the Middle East on Thursday 13 March, and is captained by Cambridge MCCU skipper James Johnson, and is led by coach Clive Radley.
Their first game, a day-night 50-over clash against the MCC Young Cricketers, was played at the Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, with the YCs coming out on top.
They will now play a three-day game against the Young Cricketers, starting on Monday 17 March, before meeting them once more in a Twenty20 clash on Friday 21 March.
The squad will then test themselves against county opposition, with fifty-over matches against Sussex and Lancashire on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 March respectively.
MCC Universities Coach Clive Radley said: "I’m looking forward to seeing the players develop their skills further on this tour. They can really test themselves against some top class opposition and I’m sure they’ll gain a lot from this experience.
"They have big seasons ahead, including more games for their MCC Universities against county teams and this is a great way to prepare."
The MCCUs are based in Cambridge, Cardiff, Durham, Leeds, Loughborough and Oxford, and incorporate a total of thirteen institutions. They offer hundreds of courses for students of all academic levels, and some of the best coaching and facilities available anywhere in the country.
The aim of the MCCUs is to give talented young cricketers the chance to receive top-level coaching and playing opportunities whilst furthering their education.
Combined MCCU Squad:
|James Johnson (captain)||Cambridge|