MCC news March 15, 2011

Dravid and Davies get MCC call

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rahul Dravid has been included in the MCC side to play County Champions Nottinghamshire in Abu Dhabi as the English domestic season again begins in the warmer climate of Abu Dhabi. Dravid will be joined by England wicketkeeper Steven Davies and the side will be led by former Australia opener Chris Rogers who has joined Middlesex.

Other notable inclusions for the four-day game at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium which, as in 2010, will be played under floodlights using a pink ball, are the Afghanistan pair of Hamid Hassan and Mohammad Nabi who are former MCC Young Cricketers. The former England fast bowler Simon Jones was originally selected, but had to withdraw through injury.

Sourav Ganguly will replace Dravid, who is also part of MCC's world cricket committee, for a Twenty20 event which follows the four-day match and also features Nottinghamshire, Durham and a Fly Emirates XI.

Nottinghamshire meanwhile have named a 15-man squad for the trip. New signing Ben Phillips and academy graduates Jake Ball and Scott Elstone are amongst the group although Andre Adams, Darren Pattinson and Adam Voges won't travel as they complete their domestic duties in the southern hemisphere.

Andy Carter is the other notable absentee following his call to join the England Lions tour but Chris Read, Samit Patel, Paul Franks and Mark Wagh will all travel.

"It's an honour to be involved and the facilities and opportunities that will be provided for us in Abu Dhabi and Dubai are exceptional," said Nottinghamshire's acting director of cricket, Wayne Noon. "There are places up for grabs although we have a firm idea of the core of our side and one or two players will probably find themselves in the team at the start of the season based on the form they show in the meantime."

The floodlit match will continue MCC's role in developing a ball that can be used for day/night first-class cricket and ultimately Test matches and includes modifications from the 2010 version. Last year there was criticism about the green seam but that has now been replaced by white stitching which the developers, Kookaburra, believe will make the ball more successful.

While Nottinghamshire and the county-based MCC players will get valuable pre-season practice during the game it is prospect of floodlit Test cricket that remains a priority. "The fixture also provides a perfect platform for us to conduct valuable research to aid the development of the world game," John Stephenson, MCC's head of cricket, said. "In 2010 while the Melbourne Ashes Test attracted near record crowds, the contest between the top two ranked sides - South Africa and India in Durban - recorded ticket sales of less than 15 percent of the total sold at the MCG.

"We felt that we got some very positive results from the first day-night Champion County match last year, and hope that this evidence will soon translate into day-night Test cricket, which should help to re-invigorate the five-day game."

MCC squad Chris Rogers (capt), Stephen Moore, Rahul Dravid (four-day only), Stephen Peters, Dawid Malan, Mohammad Nabi, Steven Davies, Hamid Hassan, Gary Keedy, Paul Muchall, Steve Kirby, Toby Roland-Jones, Sourav Ganguly (T20 only), Omar Ali (12th man)

Nottinghamshire squad Ali Brown, Jake Ball, Neil Edwards, Scott Elstone, Luke Fletcher, Paul Franks, Alex Hales, Steven Mullaney, Akhil Patel, Samit Patel, Ben Phillips, Chris Read (capt & wk), Charlie Shreck, Mark Wagh, Graeme White

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  • yuva on March 16, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    Congrats Rahul.All the best...BCCI and selectors should note that rahul is always great..he will tell that with his batting...waiting for that day..

  • Dummy4 on March 16, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    Good Chance for M.Nabi and H.Hassan

  • Dummy4 on March 16, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    Thank You MCC to bring afghan Cricketer's to the world level.

  • Dummy4 on March 16, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    Nice to see Dravid & Ganguly

  • JITESH on March 16, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    sourav ganguly has been selected for t20 . other country require his service in t20 but our country ipl franchise owner hasrejected him in auction .hopeheand dravid does well for mcc especially soarav ganguly and makes a point for ipl franchise that he still is best player t20

  • Rue on March 16, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    Glad Simon Jones is fit and playing. Great news.

  • Dummy4 on March 16, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    Is that Hmid hassan and Mohammad Nabi is there from side i hope they will play very well

  • Edd on March 16, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    What is the reasoning behind the MCC's obsession with day night test cricket? It is riddled with problems and not worth the bother. All test cricket needs to thrive is more pitches which offer something to the bowler, and cheaper tickets for the paying spectators.

    Also no one seems to have wondered whether Abu Dhabi's strict laws on homosexuality might affect whether Steve Davies can play in this match for the MCC?

  • Dummy4 on March 15, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    Shinu Raj on (March 15 2011, 14:19 PM GMT) Congratss rahul.... BCCI and selectors note, even if you avoid him he is in need by others.....

    Who avoided ? he is till playing test cricket in india U know anything about cricket ? stop talking some stupid things here He is selected for 4 day game not for T20 or 50 overs game

    Indian fans --> if we win one match we all start praising our team as the best , if we loose one match we all say dhoni is crap ,blah blah blah Stop underestimating our team --> i heard lot of stupid comments before Bangladesh game but we trashed them but no one gave the credit to the team yeah we lost to SA but it was a close game , i am glad we lost now so its a wake up call One more think--> i always seeing comments like Dhoni favoring CSK team mates WTH if that is true why ashwin is not playing ? so stop blaming South or Dhoni Or the team india its game ad we are playing well for the past 2 damn years NO TEAM IS GOOD AFTER WINNING ONE GAME OR BAD AFTER LOO

  • Sanjay on March 15, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    More Indian fans claiming Dravid hasn't been reognized by his own country. I beg to differ. He has played about 100 more ODIs than he should have. Recall when he was "wicket-keeper". His last ODI against Pak in the Champions Trophy (SA) displayed all his weaknesses, namely his inability to strike at a decent rate and dominate bowlers. He's lucky to have played in an era when there were no powerplays, he usually came in when the field was spread.

    Let's not even discuss his last 3 yrs in Test cricket where he's been confined to scoring runs against weak opp in helpful conditions. Dravid has been a great servant for Indian cricket and he's been treated well by the selectors - too well, I'd say about 100 ODIs and 30 Tests well! H's was fortunate to have been surrounded by top players when he first entered the national team around '96. Open your eyes and stop trying to change the facts.

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