Dalrymple leads MCC to Uganda
MCC Media Release
MCC will send a strong squad to Uganda when they depart from Lord's tomorrow for a six match tour of the country. Glamorgan and England all-rounder, Jamie Dalrymple, will captain the tour party.
Joining Dalrymple on the tour will be Glamorgan team-mates Alex Wharf and David Harrison, together with a number of familiar faces from the county circuit including Mark Wagh, Ben Scott and Bilal Shafayat.
MCC's opponents on their two and a half week tour will include the full Uganda national side and Kenya Under 19s, who will travel to Uganda at MCC's expense.
The tour was originally scheduled to visit both Kenya and Uganda but had to be rescheduled following the troubles that stemmed from Kenya's national elections.
Speaking ahead of the tour departure, Jamie Dalrymple said: 'This will be my first MCC tour and I'm really looking forward to it.
"It's a slight shame we won't be visiting Kenya, the country of my birth, but I'm still raring to go and looking forward to playing good cricket with a different group of players.
"I am pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to MCC's work in encouraging greater interest in cricket around the world and to bring something positive to the region at a difficult time.
'It's a privilege that, as a professional cricketer, you have the opportunity to visit new places and play in different conditions.
"After some time out from the game at the end of last season, and a move to Glamorgan, I will be hoping that this MCC tour of Uganda gives me a good springboard on which to build for an important season ahead.'
MCC Assistant Secretary and Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, said: 'It looks a good tour itinerary, not only with some challenging matches, but with some important coaching sessions arranged for promising young cricketers in the country.
"I'm sure our players will help to provide inspiration for the next generation of Ugandan talent, something that is important to MCC with our commitment to promoting the game worldwide.
'We expect the cricket in Uganda to be of a high standard and that's why we've selected a tour party that is littered with first-class cricketers and quality throughout.
"With someone of Jamie's pedigree as captain, I'm sure the tour will be a great success.'
Tour scorer, Chris Mallaband, will double as a roving reporter throughout the 19 day visit.
Cricket fans can follow the progress of the MCC tourists on the Lord's website where match reports and interviews will be made available as the tour progresses.