A fourteen-strong MCC touring party departed from Lord’s yesterday evening on the Club’s final overseas excursion of the year – a thirteen-day trip to Uganda.
On the field, Wanstead & Snaresbrook CC’s Arfan Akram will marshal his MCC players through seven days of challenging cricket, starting on Sunday (6th October) with a two-day match against a Uganda Cricket Association XI at the Kyambogo Cricket Oval. During the Club’s 2005 visit to Uganda, funding was granted to the UCA to develop the facilities and lay a grass wicket at the Kyambogo ground.
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. The Club’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.
Speaking about the 2013 tour to Uganda, 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.
For further information about the tour including match results please visit: www.lords.org.
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Notes to editor:
Founded in 1787, MCC is the guardian of the Laws and Spirit of Cricket and an innovative independent voice in the world game. It is also the world’s most active cricket-playing club and the owner of Lord’s – The Home of Cricket. The Club plays around 500 games each year at home and abroad, against teams ranging from schools to international sides.
MCC strives to ensure the health of the game from the school field to the international arena, from running coaching sessions for youngsters to undertaking research into the future health of Test cricket.
MCC’s first overseas tour was to Australia in 1903/04 under Pelham Warner’s captaincy. The tour was the result of four years of negotiations between MCC and Melbourne CC, whose Secretary, Major Ben Wardill, believed that future tours from England should come under the aegis of MCC. It was also thought in both countries that MCC, being effectively the governing authority of English cricket, would be able to raise a stronger side than any private venture since only an MCC side would be seen as “official”.
England sides toured as MCC from that 1903/04 tour until the Centenary Test at Melbourne in 1977. Touring teams continued to wear MCC colours until the New Zealand tour in 1997, but were known as “England XI” in non-international matches.
Sunday 6th – Monday 7th October: MCC v Uganda Cricket Association XI (2 days)
Wednesday 9th October: MCC v Emerging Uganda XI (50 overs)
Friday 11th October: MCC v Uganda Cricket Association XI (50 overs)
Sunday 13th October: MCC v Uganda XI v Rwanda XI (T20 tournament)
Monday 14th October: MCC v Rwanda XI (50 overs)
MCC tour party in full:
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
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