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Haseeb Hameed named in MCC squad for season curtain raiser

Haseeb Hameed named in MCC squad for season curtain raiser

Lancashire batsman Haseeb Hameed will represent Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in the 2017 Champion County match in Abu Dhabi on Sunday 26th March.

The young England player has been named as part of the team which will take on Middlesex in the annual, four-day curtain raiser for the English county season.

The fixture will take place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium and will be played with a pink Dukes ball in day/night conditions. It has been played in Abu Dhabi under the MCC Spirit of Cricket banner since 2009.

This will be Middlesex’s first involvement in the fixture in its current format, having won the 2016 Specsavers County Championship for the first time in 23 years last summer.

The preceding Emirates Airline T20 tournament, featuring MCC, Middlesex and two other first class counties, will take place on Friday 24th March.

John Stephenson, MCC Head of Cricket, said: “Having worked closely with the England selectors to assemble this group, I am very pleased with the fantastic talent we have at our disposal. Haseeb Hameed, Joe Clarke and Ben Duckett are three of the most exciting young batsmen in the country at the moment, and I’m looking forward to seeing them. We’ve also selected a youthful and varied bowling attack which I’m sure will pose problems for the Middlesex batsmen. The facilities in Abu Dhabi and Dubai remain excellent for first class cricket and we’re looking forward to a competitive match.”

The full MCC team for the 2017 Champion County match is:

Haseeb Hameed (Lancashire, England)
Tom Alsop (Hampshire, England Lions)
Sam Northeast © (Kent)
Ben Duckett (Northamptonshire, England)
Joe Clarke (Worcestershire, England Lions)
Ben Cox (Worcestershire)
Lewis Gregory (Somerset, England Lions)
Matt Coles (Kent, England Lions)
Matt Fisher (Yorkshire, England U19)
Mason Crane (Hampshire)
Jack Leach (Somerset, England Lions)

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