MCC Ready For Final Tour Of 2013

Uganda cricketers
Uganda will host the MCC
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The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has departed on its final tour of the 2013, sending a 14-strong party to Uganda where they will play six matches.

They will play five one-day games and a two-day game during a 13-day tour.

Wanstead & Snarebrook Cricket Club's Arfan Akram will captain the side, which starts with the two-day game against a Uganda Cricket Association XI at the Kyambogo Oval, a ground where funding granted during the 2005 visit helped develop the facilities and lay a grass wicket.

The MCC will also be involved in three 50-over matches as well as a Twenty20 tournament, taking on an Emerging Uganda XI and a Rwanda XI.

It will be the latest in a number of visits to Africa that the MCC have undertaken in recent years, with tours to Namibia in 2011 as well as previous visits to Uganda in 2005 and 2008.

"MCC has a long and interesting history of touring East Africa, which extends over the past fifty years or so," MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson said.

"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."

Tour Schedule

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 Squad: Arfan Akram (captain), Chad Barrett, Joseph Barrs, Paul Carter, Thomas Cox, David Cranfield-Thompson, James Irvine-Fortescue, Rupert Kitzinger, Dean Morrison, James Overy, Clinton Terrence Perren, James Wood, Neil Bainton (umpire), David Otway (manager)

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