MCC touring Cayman Islands
Former England and Scotland international Gavin Hamilton is one of five players with first-class experience representing MCC on a six-game tour of the Cayman Islands.
The 10-day trip includes a 50-over and Twenty 20 clash against the Cayman Islands national side. Competitive action begins with a 30-over match versus a Governor’s XI on Thursday.
MCC will be captained by former Glamorgan and Worcestershire batsman Stephen Henderson. The 15-man touring party, which also includes promising Leicestershire all-rounder Will Jones and former Surrey spinner Keith Medlycott, departed from Lord’s yesterday.
John Holder, a former first-class player and Test umpire, will take charge of officiating duties during the tour matches.
MCC last visited the Cayman Islands in 2003 during a combined tour to Belize, recording four wins from four in a five-day stay on the islands.
MCC head of cricket John Stephenson said: “The destination of MCC overseas tours is constantly under discussion, with criteria ultimately focussing on where the club can assist with the development of the game and spread the MCC Spirit of Cricket message to a new audience.
“The Cayman Islands has therefore been carefully identified as an area which will currently benefit from an MCC tour.
“The Cayman Islands Cricket Association has done a good job at developing the game since the club last toured there 10 years ago, and there now appears to be a real passion for cricket across the nation, so I am hopeful that MCC’s visit will provide a further positive contribution to this ongoing work.”
Cricket was first introduced to the Cayman Islands in the early 1800s by British soldiers. But it was only in 1970 a structured league was formed, initially involving five teams. Twenty clubs now compete in three domestic divisions and the national side is currently placed 32nd in the ICC world rankings.
MCC will also tour France, Cyprus, and Uganda and Rwanda this year.