Former England international Owais Shah is part of a 14-man MCC squad to tour South Africa, which departs on 27 December with Sporta Tours.

Current Middlesex Managing Director and former England bowler Angus Fraser will manager the tour, which includes eight professional cricketers. 

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Derbyshire’s Wes Durston will captain the squad which features eight other professionals including Warwickshire bowler Chris Wright and Leicestershire’s Neil Dexter.

Middlesex wicketkeeper John Simpson, Worcestershire bowler Charlie Morris and Leicestershire batsman Ned Eckersley are also included.  

MCC will play six games on the tour against a variety of opposition including KwaZulu Natal, Crusaders and a Western Province Cricket Association XI.
 
They will also give a coaching session to local children from the Khayelitsha township in Cape Town.

John Stephenson, MCC Head of Cricket, said: “This is the Club’s final tour of the year and it promises to be a fantastic one. 

“We have picked a very talented squad with plenty of current and former professionals involved, as we are expecting a very high standard of cricket. 

“We will be playing two matches on 6th day Test match pitches at Kingsmead and Newlands, which I’m sure will be an enjoyable experience for all the players. 

“Most importantly, they will be ambassadors for MCC and its work in a major Test playing nation, and I’m sure they will be a credit to the Club.” 

Full squad

Name Club
Angus Fraser (Manager) Middlesex CCC
Wes Durston (Captain) Derbyshire CCC
Neil Dexter Leicestershire CCC
Ned Eckersley Leicestershire CCC
Chris Wright Warwickshire CCC
Owais Shah Hampshire CCC
John Simpson Middlesex CCC
Charlie Morris Worcestershire CCC
Matthew Hunn Kent CCC
Chris Peploe Ealing CC
Tom Rash Suffolk CCC
George Thurstance Bedfordshire CCC
Graham Grace Eastern Province CC
Jonathan Marsden Derbyshire Academy, Oxford MCCU
Andre Geldenhuys Stellenbosch CC
Jeff Evans (Umpire)  
Pete Waxman (Physio)  

 

Tour itinerary

 

Date Match Venue
30 December MCC v Crusaders (50 overs) Crusaders Club
31 December MCC v KwaZulu-Natal XI (50 overs) Kingsmead
3-4 January MCC v Western Province Cricket Association XI (2 days) Vineyard Oval
6 January MCC v St Augustine’s CC (40 overs) Basil D’Oliveira Sports Complex
7 January MCC v Western Province Academy (50 overs) Newlands
8 January MCC v Western Province XI (50 overs) Boland Park

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