MCC team departs on USA tour
MCC have departed for their seven-match tour of the USA. The tour starts in California on March 17 before heading east to Florida, culminating in two matches at Central Broward - the new national cricket stadium - against USA and a West Indies XI.
The 16-man squad is captained by Michael Foster, the former Australia Under-19 batsman, and includes Matthew Friedlander, who has played for both Northamptonshire in England and Boland in South Africa, and actor Torquil Deacon.
MCC's first match is against the Southern Californian Cricket Association (SCCA) at Woodley CC in Los Angeles. They play two more games at Woodley - against the South West Region of the SCCA, and the Hollywood All-Stars on March 19 and 20 - before moving on to San Jose to play the North West Region and North West Region Under-19s. They then travel to Cupertino, just outside San Jose, to run a coaching session, before flying east to Miami.
"North America has great cricket history - USA and Canada played the first ever international match back in the 1840s - and we hope it's got a bright future too," said John Stephenson, MCC's head of cricket. "MCC believes the USA is a massive potential growth area for the game and we're delighted to do our part to encourage interest in California and Florida."
MCC teams have been regular visitors to the USA, having toured five times in the past twenty years, most recently in 2004.
Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town