Squad and fixtures announced for pre-season tour
Lancashire's Pre-Season Tour 2019
Lancashire’s preparations for the forthcoming summer continue in the United Arab Emirates over the next two weeks with their annual pre-season tour.
The Red Rose face a mixture of training and matches across the fortnight in Dubai, their regular warm weather base at this time of year.
Glen Chapple’s men will even be taking on the United States of America in a one-day friendly. It will be the first fixture between Lancashire and the USA.
The two sides are also part of a four-team T20 competition involving county champions Surrey and hosts UAE.
Lancashire are building up to their three-day friendly against Loughborough University at Haselgrave, starting on April 5.
The USA are currently ranked 22 in the ICC’s one-day rankings, but they do not have official ODI status. They play in World Cricket League Division Two alongside the likes of Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea and Canada.
The UAE, who Lancashire have played against over the last few years, are ranked 14th in the world and have official ODI status. They will be opponents in a tour-ending two-day match.
Lancashire’s squad, which will be based at the ICC’s Global Academy, will be minus captain Dane Vilas and England internationals Jimmy Anderson and Jos Buttler, but it will include Keaton Jennings, who links up with his county from South Africa, where he has been spending time with his family.
Youngsters George Balderson, Tom Hartley and George Lavelle will all tour, while Liam Livingstone will spend a few days in camp in between T20 commitments in the Pakistan Super League and the Indian Premier League.
Livingstone is currently in the UAE playing for Karachi Kings before his first taste of IPL action with Rajasthan Royals.
Danny Lamb has been withdrawn from the tour as the Lancashire all-rounder is suffering from a neck injury. He will be monitored closely by the Club’s medical in the next few weeks.
WHAT THEY SAID
Speaking ahead of the tour, Lancashire’s Director of Cricket, Paul Allott, said: “The tour to Dubai is the culmination of a winter programme that goes back quite a long way to last November.
“This trip represents the real lead up to the season now and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to train and play in the fantastic facilities at the ICC Cricket Academy.
“It is important for the players to be able to train and play outside, both for our bowlers to get overs under their belt and for batsman to have a more realistic experience compared to training indoors – while players are presented with a fantastic opportunity to spend time together and to stake a claim for First Team cricket.
“This trip is essential in our build up to the season and we have been running it for a number of years now and believe that Dubai offers the best facilities in the world for us. Combined with our sponsors Emirates, Heineken and Hilton it works into a really good fortnight.”
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