Leicestershire all-rounder Neil Dexter will captain MCC on a two-week tour of Nepal, starting on 12 November.

Dexter, who recently moved from Middlesex to Grace Road, will lead a squad of 13 players on the trip, with former England international Martin Saggers travelling with the group as umpire.

MCC will play six games during the tour, including a two-day and a 20-over match against the Nepal national team. They will also play against Nepal B and U19 teams.

Five fixtures will be played in Kathmandu, and the group will also travel west to Pokhara for a 50-over match against Pokhara CC.

The squad will visit areas affected by the earthquakes and will run coaching clinics with local youngsters – who will not have access to elite coaching and whose facilities have been severely damaged.

“This is one of the most important tours in the Club’s history”

 

The tour had been under review after this year’s earthquakes, but was confirmed by MCC Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, after a short fact-finding visit to Nepal in October.

This will be the third time MCC have toured Nepal. The first visit was in March 2003, when the itinerary included four one-day matches in Kathmandu.

MCC won three, including a last-ball victory over the Nepal Under 19 side. The second tour of Nepal took place in March 2009 and was captained by former England international, Min Patel. 

John Stephenson said: “MCC have been touring overseas for many years but I think this is one of the most important in the Club’s history. 

“Cricket’s popularity in Nepal has been growing significantly in recent years, and after the trauma the country has been through this year, the sport has become a relief to many local people. 

“It is fantastic that MCC is able to contribute towards that and I am confident that this group of players will be excellent ambassadors both for the Club and English cricket.”

Neil Dexter added: “It is a great honour to be selected as captain of an MCC squad, and I’m really looking forward to the tour. 

“I’m particularly excited about playing against some of the best young cricketers in Nepal and being a part of the growing passion for cricket that exists there. 

“The squad and I also have an important responsibility in representing MCC and the Club’s Spirit of Cricket values both when playing and coaching local youngsters – something which I’m sure everyone will thrive on.”

MCC Squad

Name Role
Colin Maber Tour Manager
Neil Dexter Captain, Leicestershire CCC
Liam Redrup Somerset CCC
George Adair Hampstead CC
Steve Clark Hampstead CC
Storm Green British Army CC
Scott McKechnie Hartley Country Club CC
Michael Coles Corsham CC, Wiltshire CC
Alex MacQueen Valley End CC
Alex Senneck Westbury & District CC, British Army CC
Ben Shepperson Mildenhall CC
Richard Wilkinson Alderley Edge CC
Chris Lawlor St Fagans CC
Greg Holmes Cardiff CC, Wales MC
Martin Saggers Umpire, Kent

 

Itinerary

Date Fixture Venue
14 November MCC v Combined Full & U19 Nepal XI (50 overs) Kathmandu National Stadium
16 November MCC v Pokohara CC (50 overs) Pokohara CC
18 November MCC v Combined Full & Nepal U19 XI (50 overs) Kathmandu National Stadium
20 November MCC v Nepal B (50 overs) Tribhuvan University Cricket Ground, Kirtipur
21-22 November MCC v Nepal Kathmandu National Stadium
23 November MCC v Nepal (T20) Kathmandu National Stadium

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